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Nikky Finney Reading

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the National Book Award for poetry.

Sponsor: Dept. of English Creative Writing Program


Thursday February 09, 2012 07:00 PM
Thursday February 09, 2012 09:00 PM
Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
Ross Gay
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Free and open to the public