By Sally Harris
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 32 - June 4, 1998
Poet Nikki Giovanni will give a reading and talk for Virginia Tech alumni Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Tech/UVA Northern Virginia Center.
Giovanni, a Virginia Tech professor of English and Gloria D. Smith professor of black studies, recently won the NAACP Image Award for literature for her book Love Poems and performed the finale of the Image Awards program. She received the prestigious Langston Hughes Award for 1996 for distinguished contributions to arts and letters.
Giovanni published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk, in 1968 and the second, Black Judgment, in 1969. The Amsterdam News named her "Most Admired Black Woman" of 1969.
Giovanni also has written poetry for youngsters, including the books Spin a Soft Black Song in 1971 and The Sun is So Quiet in 1996; but she continued writing about the issues of the day in works such as My House, published in 1972, and Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, published in 1978.
Her works include books of essays, such as Sacred Cows...and other Edibles published in 1988 and Racism 101 published in 1994. Her book The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni was published in 1996 and Love Poems in 1997.