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Feb. 7, 2003
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Nikki Giovanni, Poet, Political Activist and Author,
Speaks about her new book at Cal State Dominguez Hills

Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems explores oneself and community

CARSON, Calif. - Celebrated poet, political activist and college professor, Nilkki Giovanni, will speak at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) about her new book, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Loker University Student Union. Giovanni will explore her rise to prominence as a poet and political activist. She will also discuss her views on poetry and society.

WHO: Nikki Giovanni, poet, author, college professor and political activist

WHAT: Book Signing and Speech about "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems"

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Loker University Student Union, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson

Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m., Book Signing to Follow

For more than 30 years, Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni has been considered one of America's most prominent voices in the arena of civil rights and political activism. After emerging on the public's consciousness in the 1960s, she immediately assumed the world stage as an influential poet.

Giovanni's new book, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, has been called a "meditation on the humanity of her soul." This compilation of poetic observations on society offers a new insight on the author's interpretations of life and the social messages that confront us all.

Giovanni was born June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tenn. While attending Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, she re-established the campus' Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1965. She later graduated with honors in history from Fisk University in 1967.

Giovanni published her first volume of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk in 1968. Since 1987, she has taught writing and literature at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), in Blacksburg, Virginia. She will sign copies of her new book following her comments.

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