A Candid Conversation with Nikki Giovanni - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

A Candid Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.
Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.
Courtesy: AWOL, Inc. Courtesy: AWOL, Inc.
SAVANNAH, GA -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

    Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:31 GMT
    What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
    What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
  • Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash

    Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:24:51 GMT
    A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
  • Lawsuit: Failed Circumcision Never Happened

    Lawsuit: Failed Circumcision Never Happened

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:33:55 GMT
    Doctors accused of amputating a man’s penis during a circumcision asking for dismissal
    Doctors accused of amputating a man’s penis during a circumcision asking for dismissal
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.