Joseph Beth and WordPlay Cincy Bring Nikki Giovanni to Cincinnati

Note: Updated as of 12/21/17

Through a partnership between Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WordPlay Cincy, Nikki Giovanni will be in Cincinnati discussing & signing her latest release A Good Cry at Joseph-Beth in the Rookwood Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

One of America's most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She's been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness. As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents' marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou's death in 2014.

WordPlay Cincy's teen poetry and spoken word team, Scribes, will perform for Giovanni and the audience at the event. The young writers are thrilled about about the opportunity. Daphne, a senior in high school, began hopping up and down when she heard the news and elatedly shared:

"I first got to hear Nikki Giovanni when she visited our library. I was only 13 years old and I had read her collection, Bicycles. She is amazing and wise and we can't wait to share our pieces with her. The Scribes team is totally inspired by her work: it's a group of talented writers who push you to be your best while also being your best friends."

Scribes is WordPlay Cincy program that brings together a group of students from schools across the city to reflect on current events. community, and life through reading, writing, poetry and spoken word: Summit Country Day, Aiken, Dixie Heights, Walnut Hills, Seven Hills, Hughes, Wyoming, and Anderson, to name a few. The teens performs regularly for the public in events across the city.

Pre-order tickets for the evening include a copy of A Good Cry. Please click here to purchase tickets.

A portion of all sales from the event will be donated to WordPlay Cincy to continue their incredible creative literacy programming like Scribes for Cincinnati's young people. You can see more at

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