This year, famed poet Nikki Giovanni has returned to the published page with poetry and prose in A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter. The newest book by Giovanni takes her on assessment of her life as an older woman with family, friends and certain aspects of the broader society. That story will be shared with guests at the upcoming Verse & Vino, a literary event hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. Giovanni will join four other New York Times bestselling writers for a fundraiser to offer an evening of food, wine and conversation on Thursday, November 2.
With a long public career in the literary arts dating back to her first book published 49 years ago, Giovanni is a star in the field. Her biographical information as shared the Verse & Vino webpage states, she is: (a) poet, activist, mother, and professor - is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner, the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. She is the author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection.
She joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1987, where she serves as a University Distinguished Professor. Discussing Giovanni’s career, the literature database Novelist Plus says her “work for both children and adults spans several genres from poetry to picture books. Her thought-provoking writings showcase pride in the African-American life, strong family ties, and the power that one person can have to change the world for the better. Her work sometimes has an edgy undercurrent that reflects her own struggles and fiery spirit.” For even more about Giovanni, visit her website.