The world’s largest non-juried poetry festival is proud to announce the appearance of one of the world’s best-read poets, Nikki Giovanni. All registered poets attend free. Tickets are available to the public for $20-60 each.
The Austin International Poetry Festival takes place April 9 – 12, 2015 at a variety of locations throughout Austin, TX.
Now in its 23rd year, the festival is an international non-juried event that is distinctively Austin and unique.
Unlike many poetry events, any registered poet can perform at AIPF, which has fostered participation from a diverse audience and an array of poets from around the globe.
Giovanni will take the stage on April 11 to read a selection of poems, and speak about art and diversity. The evening will also include readings by other Featured Poets.
The author of 30 books, and one of the most widely-read American Poets, Giovanni prides herself on being “A Black American, a daughter, a mother, a and a professor of English.” Giovanni is currently a Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blackburg, Virginia, where she has taught since 1987. She is also the recipient of the NAACP Image Award, the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts, and hold the keys to several cities, including: Dallas, Miami, Ney York and Los Angeles.
“We are so excited to bring an artist of Nikki Giovanni’s caliber to Austin,” said Austin International Poetry Festival Director Joe Brundidge. “At its heart the Austin International Poetry Festival is about celebrating diversity - celebrating different voices and perspectives. Nikki is a wonderful fit for our mission.”
Giovanni’s early works were inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s. Her larger collection of works, which includes more than 30 books for adults and children, have been called “spiritually and socially aware.”