Nikki Giovanni

Address: Fisk University 1000 17th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208 Phone: (615) 329-8500

A Knoxville-born poet and Grammy nominee, Nikki Giovanni has been a Distinguished Professor of Literature at Virginia Tech, where she gained additional national acclaim for her "We are Hokies" speech after the shooting at Virginia Tech. She also teaches part-time at her alma mater, Fisk University, as a distinguished visiting professor. Giovanni read poetry at the Lincoln Memorial as a part of the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birth on February 12, 2009.

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