Nikki Giovanni to Speak at CU, Monday, April 14

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 25 2008

CONTACT: Concord University Box Office

Nikki Giovanni to Speak at CU, Monday, April 14

Athens, W. Va. – Concord University Artist Lecture Series will host poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni on Monday, April 14, 2008, at 1 p.m. in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Giovanni graduated with honors from Fisk University and after graduation attended University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Her first book of poetry, “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” came out in 1968 launching her career as a writer. Most recently, her picture book for children, “Rosa,” based on Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, became a Caldecott Honors Book and reached number three on the “New York Times” bestseller list.

In the beginning of her career, poet and writer Giovanni was named the “Princess of Black Poetry.” She later came to be called both a “National Treasure” and most recently, one of Oprah’s twenty-five “Living Legends.” Currently, she is a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Concord University Public Relations Box Office for more information at 1-304-384-5101 or


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Mariya Mihova student in Concord University’s communication arts department wrote this press release. Mariya’s hometown is Varna, Bulgaria.