The Black American Studies program and Art & Design’s Slocumb Galleries are proud to present internationally
recognized poet Nikki Giovanni to speak at East Tennessee State University on September
20, 2022, Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Brown Hall Auditorium.
There will be a Q&A and book signing with Professor Giovanni after the poetry reading.
Nikki Giovanni is a poet, professor, author, and internationally recognized for her distinguished
contributions to the field. Her works, such as Black Feeling, Black Talk, Bicycles:
Love Poems, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds, have made her one of America’s most
important voices on the Black experience since the late 1960s. She is also a professor
at Virginia Tech University, where she was a powerful voice in the aftermath of the
mass shooting there in 2007, representing a campus devastated by the loss of so many
lives. Her marks went viral, thus reflecting this simple fact: it is the humanities
which explains our world, bringing us together, and supplies the healing balm when
This collaborative program is also in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences’
Office of the Dean, the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center, Department of Appalachian
Studies, Language Culture Resource Center, Film & Media Studies, radio, TV & Film
(RTVF), Equity and Inclusion, UMOJA, Bottom Knox and the Langston Centre. For additional
information about the event, contact Daryl Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. For disability
accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.