Free poetry reading by Nikki Giovanni

Feb. 22, 2020, 4 p.m.

Social Events

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Event Description

Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni will read from her works on the Emory University campus. Giovanni uses her poetry to raise awareness of social issues, especially gender and race. A professor at Virginia Tech, Giovanni has written many collections of poetry, starting with her first self-published volume “Black Feeling, Black Talk” (1968). She has published more than 20 works of poetry, nonfiction, children’s books, edited anthologies, and multiple recordings, including the Grammy-nominated “The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection” (2004). Her most recent publications include “Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” (2013), the children’s book of poetry “I Am Loved” (2018) and, as editor, “The 100 Best African American Poems” (2010).

The event is open to the public at no charge. Tickets are not required. Books and broadsides will be sold at the reading, and a signing will follow the event. The reading is hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and sponsored by the Hightower Fund, with support from Emory LITS and the Creative Writing Program at Emory.

***This event could reach capacity. Seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early and allow for traffic in the event area.***

Parking is available in the Fishburne deck (at the Schwartz Center/Goizueta Business School), Gambrell deck (behind the Law School), or Oxford Road deck (behind Emory Barnes & Noble)( For disability-related accommodations, please contact Emory Libraries events manager Maya Cody in advance at 404-727-7620 or

Edit This Event Last Edited By: Emory Libraries on Feb. 15, 2020, 4:37 p.m.