Austin poetry fest kicks off today

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.

Author: Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy edits and writes about books and movies for the Ausstin American-Statesman.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s