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A Candid Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.
Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.
Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.

File this one in the "how cool is that" category. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a group of aspiring artists- world renowned poet, author and educator Nikki Giovanni sat down for an up close and personal discussion with students from Savannah's All Walks of Life or AWOL, Inc.

For the past 6 months, these kids have been studying Giovanni's works for a production they're putting on in February.

They even had a chance to perform for the famed writer. 16-year-old Markeya Relaford delivered a soul stirring rendition of Nina Simone's "Four Women" while Rose Simmons recited Giovanni's own words over a chorus of "We Are the World."

There was certainly no shortage of talent in the AWOL office where students crammed into the small quarters for an intimate conversation that proved both humorous and enlightening.

The impromptu gathering was the result of a canceled reception in Giovanni's honor. Plans were scrapped Wednesday due to inclement weather, but Giovanni insisted she meet with the students.  

"It was on my schedule that I'd get to meet you," she said, "So, when they said they'd closed the city down, I was like why?"

Dr. Giovanni, one of the nation's most celebrated living poets, is in town to speak during a symposium at Savannah State University tonight where she will share some of her written works and address the topic of "Writing and Empowerment."

"An Evening with Nikki Giovanni" begins at 7 pm in the SSU Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on AWOL and their upcoming production, click here.

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