37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

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Nikki Giovanni


Nikki Giovanni has written more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose, including several children’s books. Among the latter is Rosa, awarded the coveted Caldecott Medal. Her adult poetry books range from early volumes, such as Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement and My House, to the more recent Bicycles, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, and Make Me Rain. Giovanni is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Woman of the Year Awards from both Ebony and Mademoiselle magazines; Governor’s Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia; keys to more than two dozen cities; some 30 Honorary Doctorates; and most recently, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation. She has recorded several award-winning, spoken-word albums, among them Truth Is On Its Way and The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Giovanni recently retired from Virginia Tech as University Distinguished Professor Emerita.

Film: Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project