The Richmond Register

November 13, 2012

Featured author in fall issue of Appalachian Heritage

Nikki Giovanni to read poetry Friday at Berea


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Internationally renowned author Nikki Giovanni will read her poetry Friday evening, Nov. 16, at a free event that is open to the public at the Berea College’s Appalachian Center Gallery, 205 N. Main St. in Berea.

The occasion is the celebration of the Fall 2012 issue of Appalachian Heritage. Giovanni is the featured author for the issue. The celebration will begin with a reception at 7:30 p.m. Giovanni will read at 8.

Giovanni is the author of 17 poetry collections, 11 children’s books, and 10 books of prose. One of Oprah Winfrey’s “Twenty-five Living Legends,” she is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees.

Giovanni has been named “Woman of the Year” by Mademoiselle, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., she was raised in Cincinnati, but spent summers in Knoxville with her grandparents. Since 1977 she has taught at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Appalachian Heritage is a literary quarterly published by Berea College that is devoted to the literature of the southern Appalachian region. Each issue features the work of one particular author, but also includes poetry, stories and essays on a variety of subjects relevant to the mountain region.