Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother and professor, speaks at the University of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Anthropology 163 on the UNM main campus. This event is free and open to the public. 

Giovanni is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. The author of 28 books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. 

Giovanni's poetry has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. But her heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered.

The UNM English Department Creative Writing Program and Africana Studies are co-sponsors of this event.