Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150911, 20150227
With a long writing career that stretches back to the 1960s and the Black Art Movement, Nikki Giovanni has nearly three dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, memoir, and children's stories with numerous honors, including the American Book Award in 2008 for The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni. She reads from her more recent books Chasing Utopia, Bicycles, and Acolytes, and talks about the influence of history, food, community and family on her work as she looks back over her five decades as a poet. A professor at Virginia Tech, where she and Professor Virginia Fowler, her literary critic and author of Nikki Giovanni, have established The Answer is Yes Fund.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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