An Evening with Nikky Fin­ney

Na­tional Book Award win­ner speak­ing here Satur­day

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Renowned poet Nikky Fin­ney, re­cip­i­ent of the 2011 Na­tional Book Award for Po­etry, will hold a read­ing of her work fol­lowed by a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion and book sign­ing on Satur­day, May 27.

The event will be­gin with a re­cep­tion at 7 p.m. at Hef­fer­lin + Kro­nen­berg Ar­chi­tects’ of­fice, 1216 E. Main St., Suite 120. The pro­gram be­gins at 7:30 p.m.

Fin­ney was born in South Carolina, a child of ac­tivists who came of age dur­ing the civil rights and black arts move­ments. At Tal­ladega Col­lege, nur­tured by Hale Woodruff’s Amis­tad mu­rals, Fin­ney says she be­gan to un­der­stand the pow­er­ful syn­ergy be­tween art and his­tory.

Her four books of po­etry are: “Head Off & Split” (2011), which won the 2011 Na­tional Book Award for Po­etry; “The World Is Round” ( 2003); “Rice” (1995); and “On Wings Made of Gauze” (1985).

She also au­thored “Heart­wood” (1997), a col­lec­tion of four in­ter­re­lated sto­ries, and edited “The Ring­ing Ear: Black Poets Lean South” (2007).

She holds the John H. Ben­nett Jr. Chair in Cre­ative Writ­ing and South­ern Let­ters at the Univer­sity of South Carolina. She is a co- founder of the Af­frilachian Poets.

Satur­day’s event is free, how­ever reg­is­tra­tion is needed in or­der to en­sure seat­ing and light re­fresh­ments for ev­ery­one. Email the num­ber of guests in your party to Ear­lBraggs@utc.edu.

PHOTO BY FORREST CLONTS

Poet Nikky Fin­ney

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