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Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

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 Nikki Giovanni Biography

Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

When Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the 1960s, she immediately took her place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. She remains today one of the commanding voices gracing Americas political and poetic landscape.

Throughout her career, Giovanni has written words that last. Her distinctive style presents the truth, committing passion to the fight for social justice. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Her children's picture book, Rosa, about civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book and a New York Times bestseller. Her Racism 101 is part of college curricula, offering a bold and compelling portrait of Americans on all sides of the race issue.

Giovanni is the recipient of a NAACP Image Award, Langston Hughes Medal for poetry and the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award. She has been named woman of the year by Mademoiselle, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony. Oprah has called her one of the twenty-five living legends.

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Nikki Giovanni

As part oft the 2011 Johnathan & Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture series,...
Books
A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter

A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998

Speaking Topics
  • An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment

  • Breaking the Silence: The Poetry of Cancer Survival

  • Racism 101

  • Diversity as Art: Art is Diversity

  • An Evening With Nikki Giovanni

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    Booking fees for Nikki Giovanni, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nikki Giovanni, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nikki Giovanni for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nikki Giovanni for your next private or corporate function.
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Nikki Giovanni Biography

Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

When Giovanni's poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the 1960s, she immediately took her place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. She remains today one of the commanding voices gracing Americas political and poetic landscape.

Throughout her career, Giovanni has written words that last. Her distinctive style presents the truth, committing passion to the fight for social justice. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Her children's picture book, Rosa, about civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book and a New York Times bestseller. Her Racism 101 is part of college curricula, offering a bold and compelling portrait of Americans on all sides of the race issue.

Giovanni is the recipient of a NAACP Image Award, Langston Hughes Medal for poetry and the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award. She has been named woman of the year by Mademoiselle, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony. Oprah has called her one of the twenty-five living legends.

Nikki Giovanni Videos

  • WIU Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
    On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Nikki Giovanni will deliver a keynote on the intersectionality of Black History and Women History. Please join us in the...
  • Why Not the Right Thing the First Time | Nikki Giovanni | TEDxHerndon
    Life is good; love is fun. Why not enjoy them both? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently...
  • An Evening with Nikki Giovanni -- Point Loma Writer’s Symposium
    Author, spoken word artist, poet, essayist, professor, Nikki Giovanni has been electrifying audiences for more than 40 years, earning her one of...

Nikki Giovanni Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni Speaking Topics

  • An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment

  • Breaking the Silence: The Poetry of Cancer Survival

  • Racism 101

  • Diversity as Art: Art is Diversity

  • An Evening With Nikki Giovanni

FAQs on booking Nikki Giovanni

  • How to book Nikki Giovanni?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nikki Giovanni for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Nikki Giovanni, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nikki Giovanni or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nikki Giovanni?

    Booking fees for Nikki Giovanni, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nikki Giovanni, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nikki Giovanni?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nikki Giovanni for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nikki Giovanni for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nikki Giovanni or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nikki Giovanni or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nikki Giovanni is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nikki Giovanni for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Nikki Giovanni generally travels from VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Angela Davis, Ilyasah Shabazz, Donna Brazile, Julianne Malveaux and Maya L. Harris. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nikki Giovanni for an upcoming event.

Nikki Giovanni Speaker Videos

  • WIU Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
    On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Nikki Giovanni will deliver a keynote on the intersectionality of Black History and Women History. Please join us in the University Union Heritage Room. Giovanni is an...
    Why Not the Right Thing the First Time | Nikki Giovanni | TEDxHerndon
    Life is good; love is fun. Why not enjoy them both? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
  • An Evening with Nikki Giovanni -- Point Loma Writer’s Symposium
    Author, spoken word artist, poet, essayist, professor, Nikki Giovanni has been electrifying audiences for more than 40 years, earning her one of Oprah Winfrey’s Living Legends distinctions.
    Nikki Giovanni Love, Work, Society
    Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned American poet, writer, activist, and educator, will appear at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. She will...
  • Nikki Giovanni
    As part oft the 2011 Johnathan & Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture series, ASU and Project Humanities were proud to host world-renowned poet and educator Nikki Giovanni.
    Nikki Giovanni - 2010 Celebration of Black Writing (Live In Philly)
    From the Reelblack Vault comes this exclusive clip of poet/activist/professor NIKKI GIOVANNI reciting her piece "Tennessean by Birth" from her 2007 collection "Acolytes" at the 2010 Art Sanctuary's...

Nikki Giovanni Speaking Topics

  • An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment

  • Breaking the Silence: The Poetry of Cancer Survival

  • Racism 101

  • Diversity as Art: Art is Diversity

  • An Evening With Nikki Giovanni

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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