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Profiles: A Conversation With Poet Nikky Finney

From: WFIU
Series: Profiles
Length: 54:02

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Nikky Finney, a poet, won the 2011 National Book Award for her work "Head Off & Split." Finney is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Listeners will be treated to a conversation with a fellow poet, Ross Gay, that touches on topics such as mentorship, Finney's writing process, her childhood in the south, and more.

Finney_small Nikky Finney, a poet, won the 2011 National Book Award for her work "Head Off & Split." Finney is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

Listeners will be treated to a conversation with a fellow poet, Ross Gay, that touches on topics such as mentorship, Finney's writing process, her childhood in the south, and more. Finney also reads two poems from her collection Head Off & Split.

From the interview: "Stay the course with your work. Because writing is a process. And coming to understand yourself as a writer is a process. And the beautiful thing about writing—if you stay the course—you come into a different knowing about your work."

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Nikky Finney, a poet, won the 2011 National Book Award for her work "Head Off & Split." Finney is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

Listeners will be treated to a conversation with a fellow poet, Ross Gay, that touches on topics such as mentorship, Finney's writing process, her childhood in the south, and more. Finney also reads two poems from her collection Head Off & Split.

From the interview: "Stay the course with your work. Because writing is a process. And coming to understand yourself as a writer is a process. And the beautiful thing about writing—if you stay the course—you come into a different knowing about your work."

Timing and Cues

Billboard: 1 minute
Interview: 53:00

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
I Wish I Knew How It Would feel To Be Free Nina Simone The Very Best of Nina Simone: 1967-1972. RCA Records 1998 03:11
A Turtle's Dream Abbey Lincoln A Tutle's Dream. Polygram Records 1995 06:29

Related Website

http://indianapublicmedia.org/profiles/poet-nikky-finney/