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, Black Books Talks, 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. NOMMO Series events provide rare opportunities to publicly define and explore the state of the art of African American literature and to foreground the work and contributions of African American writers within the literary tradition. Author events are held throughout the year. Check the calendar and sign-up for the Givens mailing list for the latest info on upcoming activities.
Givens Emerging Writers Showcase
The Givens Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program offers ten emerging Minnesota-based writers the opportunity to work intensively with three nationally acclaimed writers. Selected participants work for six months with the 3 mentors, and all participants and the Minnesota-based mentors give a public reading at the end of the program in June.
Upcoming Emerging Writers Showcase
Past EMERGING WRITERS SHOWCASE
Black Books Talks
Black Books Talks spotlights the selected books of the Black Books community reading list with interviews with the author, in-person readings and discussions, and more.