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.

Ishmael Reed (56:40)-11/2009

Sonia Sanchez (56:39)-02/15/2009
Poet, playwright and author Sonia Sanchez reads and discusses her work with Alexs Pate.

Nikki Giovanni (58:49)-04/28/2007
Poet, Activist and Professor Nikki Giovanni speaks at the University of Minnesota.

Major support for The Givens Foundation activities is provided by Givens Foundation individual donors, Target, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Poet and author Patricia Smith discusses and reads from her extensive work.(56:40)-02/20/2011

Poets Gary Jackson and Yusef Komunyakaa read and discuss their work. (56:40) - 06/12/2011

Amiri Baraka (56:40)-10/12/2008
Black Arts poet Amiri Baraka reads from his work, & discusses writing, politics & the Black experience with author Alexs Pate.