Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson
Catalog Number: 19940131
Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, winner of the Langston Hughes Award, reads from her books My House, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds. Recorded shortly before her fiftieth birthday, Giovanni discusses, with comedic candor, the evolution of her poetry from the political to the personal. The interview spans a discussion of her perspective on the body politic, race in America and Giovanni’s abiding interest in love poems.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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