Marin County resident giovanni singleton is a native of Richmond, Virginia, a former debutant, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal committed to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.
Her debut collection, Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, was awarded the 81st California Book Award Gold Medal for poetry. singleton was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s biennial New American Series, which recognizes recent first book poets. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon says, "giovanni singleton lets silence do its work. The poems are minimalist, while engaging a concern for the historical, the personal, the spiritual. I hear Lucille Clifton saying 'the human, the human' when I read this."
She is a recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature and her writing has appeared in VOLT, Poet Lore, Alehouse, Zen Monster, and anthologized in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, The Ecopoetry Anthology, I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, What I Say: Innovative Poetries by Black Artists in America, and Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, & Stories for Children. Her work was also been featured in art venues including the exterior building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s 1st Visual Poetry & Performance Festival and also “Beyond Words”, an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s American Jazz Museum.
singleton has received fellowships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, Napa Valley Writers Conference, Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writers Workshop, and Cave Canem. She has given presentations on writing, editing, graphic design, and publishing at high schools, colleges, and conferences such as the American Literature Association, Series X: Bay Area Women Publishers, and the New York Festival of Literary Magazines. singleton has received fellowships from the Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers Workshops and has served as a guest writer at Cal State Los Angeles, Chabot College, and California College of Arts.
Over the past 15 years, she has taught poetry at Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and at museums and schools throughout the Bay Area. She tutors composition students at the College of Marin and coordinates Lunch Poems, the monthly poetry reading series at UC Berkeley under the direction of Robert Hass.
- 2012 - California Book Award Gold Medal for Poetry
- 2012 - New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature