We are looking forward to "An Evening with Nikki Giovanni" brought to you by our friends who run the Caltech Social Activism Speaker Series. Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator and the event will be Thursday, February 9, at 7:30 PM at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech (maps). The event is free and open to the public.
Giovanni and illustrator Bryan Collier recently won a Caldecott Honors for her children's book about Rosa Parks, Rosa. The timing of this event seems especially appropriate following on the deaths of Rosa Parks and Corretta Scott King.
A couple of her poems are available online: "Possum Crossing" and "Quilts". The latter poem is part of a unique collaboration, Visual Verse: Poetry Meets Fabric (scroll down to see the quilt that matches the poem).