When Nikki Giovanni passed through Dayton on book tour I could not believe my good fortune. Back in 2002 Nikki was out publicizing "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems" and she came out to Yellow Springs to do a live interview. I love talking to poets and Nikki is not only one of our greatest living poets she is also one of our most prolific. Log on to Amazon and search for her name and you will be amazed at how many projects she has completed over the years.
She grew up in the Cincinnati area and she recalled how she used to come out to Yellow Springs many years ago to play tennis. We had a wonderful conversation that day. This podcast is an excerpt from a program that lasted almost an hour. She told some great stories. This has been my only opportunity (so far) to talk to her about her work.
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