Nikki Giovanni, activist, mother, professor, firebrand, healer and sage, is one of the leading poets of her generation, a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner, and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.
Giovanni presents her new book, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter (paperback, 2018), a wide-ranging memoir about the joys and perils of aging; the violence of her parents’ marriage and her early life; the people who have given her life meaning; the grandparents who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who influenced her; and the students who gave her life purpose.
With more than 50 years of experience as a poet, writer, commentator and activist, Giovanni is deemed a prominent voice of the Black Arts Movement and has provided insightful and bold commentary on issues such as race, gender and inequality.
Giovanni is also a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University. In addition to her prolific career as an author and poet, she has received numerous awards and honors, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Award nomination for the Best Spoken-Word Album.
She has written more than 30 books, numerous poems, essays and sound recordings.
Sponsored by the University at Albany’s Department of Africana Studies in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute to celebrate the Department’s half century of excellence. The first in the SUNY System to grant the master’s degree in Africana Studies, the Department ranks first in its field nationally for graduate degree conferrals and in the top ten for undergraduate conferrals.