October 29th, 2013: Nikky Finney


The Poetry and Poetics colloquium is pleased to welcome National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney to Northwestern for a reading and conversation. Finney will be reading in the McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive, on Tuesday October 29th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

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). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, 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 2011 National Book Award for poetry.


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