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Poet Nikky Finney

Ross Gay, IU professor in the MFA poetry program, speaks with poet Nikky Finney.

Nikky Finney with hair in dreadlocks


Nikky Finney

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.

Nikky Finney has written four books of poetry: The World Is Round; Rice; On Wings Made of Gauze; and Head Off & Split, which received the 2011 National Book Award.

She has written a collection of short stories, Heartwood, and edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South.

Finney is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

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