Nikky Finney

Oct 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m. via Teams in the Hendrix-Murphy channel of the Hendrix Community Events Team

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Born in South Carolina, poet Nikky Finney grew up during the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts movements, which informed her illustrious career of writing, teaching, and creative activism. She is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; Head Off & Split, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011; and most recently, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts. These works bear out her belief that poetry—as she once said in an interview with the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader—is "where the beautifully said thing meets the really difficult-to-say thing." Finney serves as the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. Co-sponsored with the Windgate Museum of Art.