A Reading with Nikki Giovanni

  • April 19, 2024

The famed poet comes to DC (and speaks virtually) on Mon., Apr. 22nd, at 6 p.m.!

A Reading with Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, which led her to be dubbed the "Poet of the Black Revolution.” Her unique and insightful poetry testifies to her own evolving awareness and experiences: from child to young woman, from naive college freshman to seasoned civil rights activist, from daughter to mother and now grandmother.

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness. Frequently anthologized, Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride and respect for family.

Please note that all Busboys and Poets Book events are hosted with a first-come, first-serve seating policy. If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the program's start time, we consider that a forfeit of your ticket and will give that seat to other community member(s).

This event is free and open to all. Copies of Nikki Giovanni’s works will be available for purchase, including Love Poems, Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni, I Am Loved, and many, many more! Please note that this event is in person and will be livestreamed.

We ask that guests RSVP in order to receive direct updates about the event from Busboys and Poets Books.

Hosted by Busboys and Poets @ Anacostia, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE, Washington, DC. Learn more here.

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