March 22, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Celebrated poet to speak at CSU Stanislaus

World-renowned, Grammy-nominated poet Nikki Giovanni to speak twice at free events on campus.

TURLOCK - You'll have two chances to catch triple threat poet-author-activist Nikki Giovanni at California State University, Stanislaus events in the next few days.

The world-renowned, Grammy-nominated Giovanni will give a keynote address on campus on Sunday and hold an informal community conversation Monday. The 69-year-old is a distinguished professor of English at Virginia Tech University and was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry" early in her career. Her first book of poetry was published in 1968, and over the next 45 years she has published more than a dozen more, in addition to children's books and spoken-word albums. Oprah Winfrey named her one of the 25 "Living Legends."

Her appearances are presented by the university and the Atwater-Merced Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She will give a keynote address at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Snider Recital Hall as part of the sorority's centennial celebration. Then from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the campus' South Dining Hall, she will be part of a community conversation with the public. Both events are free and open to the public.

For information more information call (209) 667-3531.

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