An edited transcript of the far-ranging conversation between Nikki Giovanni and Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) at the fourth annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival in November 2020. In it they cover poetry, Tupac, Black Lives Matter, aliens, pencils, Kamala Harris, and much more. This conversation captures an important moment in time and a piece of literary history. Ms. Giovanni is a joy to behold.
Nikki Giovanni is a living legend. Her early work was centered as a response to the Civil Rights and Black Rights movements and has since inspired generations of poets and activists alike. Giovanni has also been a prominent voice in the Black Arts Movement and Black feminist movements, speaking openly about women’s gender equality and sexual freedom. She lives in Virginia.
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a book club turned literary festival based in Brooklyn, NY. WRBG provides a vital space for Black women readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation. Since launching in 2015, WRBG has steadily grown into a thriving online community of 237K passionate Instagram followers. She lives in Los Angeles.