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Nikki Giovanni: A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Nikki Giovanni: A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter
For over thirty years NIKKI GIOVANNI has held a unique place on the American stage.  A poet, activist, and educator, her fiery, humorous and reflective voice has informed our national consciousness; while her gifts of spiritas healer, sage, and comforting friendhave charmed our hearts.  

Her 2013 collection Chasing Utopia was a literal hybrid of sentiment, which found the poet reflecting on everything from the sensual pleasures of food to the legacy of President Lincoln, and the future of the nation. With A GOOD CRY: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter, Nikki Giovanni returns with what may be her most intimate collection, recalling the violence that permeated her parents marriage and her early life, and how she came to live with the grandparents who she credits with saving her life.  She also reveals the joy and peril of aging, and pays tribute to the poets, thinkers and students that hold court inside her mind and heartincluding her good friend Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelous death in 2014.  

Nikki Giovanni has been an activist and integral figure of the Black Arts Movement of the early 1970s.  She re-established the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a defining institution of the Civil Rights era, at Fisk University in 1965. Cherished and revered by younger generations, in 2016 she appeared as a special guest of the Afro Punk Festival, and has become an icon of the hip-hop community for her early poetic recordings (Like a Ripple on a Pond; Truth is on Its Way etc.) on wax. In A GOOD CRY Nikki Giovanni demonstrates that she is as energetic and relevant as ever, with a deeply personal and moving collection of poems.

In A GOOD CRY one of Americas most celebrated poets looks inward, in a powerful rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.  

A poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over the span of thirty years, she has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities; numerous achievement, humanitarian, and recognition awards from government, private, and public organizations, including Woman of the Year for Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal magazines.  She has also been awarded YWCA Woman of the Year; the Outstanding Woman of Tennessee Award; an Ohio Womens Hall of Fame induction; Outstanding Humanitarian Award from The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; two Tennessee Governors Award in the Arts and in the Humanities; the Virginia Governors Award; Caldecott Honors for Rosa; and seven NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.

Nikki has been given the keys to more than two dozen cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, and Baltimore. The author of twenty-seven books, including the seminal Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgment, Nikki is a University Distinguished Professor/English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She continues to read her work across the country.  

Tickets: $12 advance at independent bookstores: Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 shops), Moe's Books, Books, Inc Berkeley, Mrs. Dalloway's, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Walden Pond
$15 door. KPFA Benefit, wheelchair access, more info at kpfa.org/events


First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley (View)
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Literary

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Wheelchair Accessible: No


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