World-renowned poet, activist, and scholar Nikki Giovanni discussed her literary works and professional experiences with Bowie State University students in a public lecture as part of the university’s Global Woman Project Lecture Series.

At “An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni,” Giovanni shared selections of her poetry with English composition students and the public on March 14 on the Main Stage in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The students are reading her book, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998.

Before the public event, Giovanni led an interactive writing workshop with about 40 sixth grade students from the Robert Goddard Montessori School in nearby Seabrook, Md.

Known for her fiery activism in the pursuit of justice and equality, Giovanni has published 30 books for adults and children and has been awarded more than 20 honorary degrees. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va