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National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney

Finney won the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry with her title Head Off & Split.

Nikky Finney

Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Poet Nikky Finney.

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina and came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements.

Co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, Finney is a Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky and has authored four books of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; and Head Off & Split, for which she was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Stay tuned: WFIU will present an hour-long Profiles conversation with Nikky Finney and poet Ross Gay in April 2012.

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