Austin poetry fest kicks off today

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Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni


Nikki Giovanni, author of such poetry collections as “Black Feeling, Black Talk” and “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,” will be the headliner for this weekend’s Austin International Poetry Festival.

Giovani will read a selection of her poems and talk about art and diversity at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Austin Convention Center. Giovanni is a professor at Virginia Tech and is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award and the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts.

Tickets for the festival are $20 to $60.

“We are so excited to bring an artist of Nikki Giovanni’s caliber to Austin,” Austin International Poetry festival director Joe Brundidge said. “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.”

Registration begins today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 East 6th St., #102.

Friday’s events include morning workshops at various locations, as well as the Austin Poetry Slam Finals at 7:30 p.m. at the Stateside Theatre. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.aipf.org.


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