READINGS & TALKS
The Givens Foundation's public programs are wide ranging. They bring together writers, educators, performance artists, and readers in celebration of Black literature. Through programs and events such as the NOMMO African American Author series, The Givens Emerging Writers Showcase, and the Salon Series, writers and readers participate in the sharing of story in all its forms.
The Givens Foundation's NOMMO African American Authors Series brings national and regional authors to broad and diverse audiences in the Twin Cities cultural landscape. Since 2004, NOMMO Series events have provided rare opportunities to publicly define and explore the state of the art of Black American literature and to showcase the work and contributions of Black American writers within the literary tradition. Author events are usually held throughout the year. Past NOMMO speakers have been Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Sonya Sanchez, Ishmael Reed, Patricia Smith, Gary Jackson and Yusef Komunyakaa, Kevin Young, Nikki Finney, Elizabeth Alexander, Ntozake Shange, E. Ethelbert Miller, Percival Everett, Judge Judy Hatchet, and Roxane Gay. Select NOMMO videos produced in partnership with tpt MN Channnel's The Power of the Word series are included on this page for your viewing pleasure. Additional talks will be posted as they become available.