Poet Nikki Giovanni Appearing At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 26 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



After 4 p.m.






ATHENS, W.Va.  – Award-winning poet Dr. Nikki Giovanni will speak at Concord University on Monday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Concord students, faculty and staff, along with the general public, may attend this event at no charge.

A book signing will be held immediately following Giovanni’s presentation in the Fine Arts Lobby. The Concord University Bookstore will have four of her books available for purchase at the book signing: “Chasing Utopia,” “Bicycles,” “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,” and “The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.”

Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tenn. on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Giovanni graduated with honors in history from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

She has been awarded an unprecedented seven NAACP Image Awards; nominated for a Grammy; and been a finalist for the National Book Award. Giovanni has authored three New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers, an accomplishment that is unusual for a poet.

Concord University’s Student Support Services, Black Student Union and Office of Multicultural Affairs are partnering to host Giovanni’s appearance at Concord. The event is made possible with a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Diversity for Equity Grant. For additional information contact Terri Philpott at tphilpott@concord.edu or 304-384-5282.


Dr. Nikki Giovanni





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