Nikky Finney to speak in Neilson

2007's Conkling visiting poet read at 7:30 pm in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. Read more and connect to poems, interviews, and reviews.

Nikky Finney


Tuesday, September 18, 2007
4:00 pm - Poetry Center, Discussion Session
7:30 pm - Stoddard Hall Auditorium, Poetry Reading

Nikky Finney is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of Appalachian writers of African descent. (Read more on the origin of "Affrilachian" on the Word Spy website.) Her poems provide glimpses into the human adventures of birth, death, family, violence, sexuality and relationships, exploring the soul of human community.

Finney is the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College and will be at Smith for the 2007-08 academic year teaching Advanced Poetry Writing. The poetry reading in the evening will be preceded by a discussion of her work and the craft of writing at an informal Q&A session in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall. Both events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Nikkey Finney is the editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, which was published in March 2007. She is also the author of Heartwood, a collection of stories, and three books of poems: On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice (winner of a PEN America Open Book Award),and The World is Round.

Search by author to locate <Finney, Nikky> in the Five College library catalog.

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Book Cover: The World Is Round   Book cover: The Ringing Ear   Coal Black Voices: A Documentary

The website Coal Black Voices is connected with the 2001 film by the Media Working Group. The documentary presents a mosaic of images, poetry, and storytelling by the Affrilachian Poets. This page includes a link to an excerpt from the film featuring Nikky Finney.

So you'd like to.... Read Kentucky's Black Writers is a guide hosted at Amazon, compiled by Crystal Wilkinson, Affrilachian Poet, native Kentuckian and author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street.

Find Texts Online

Please Note: Some of the resources listed in this section are restricted for off-campus access to Smith College students, faculty, and staff. To connect, enter your Smith Network username and password when requested.

On the Libraries' website under Research, the Afro-American Studies subject page includes links to periodical indexes, including Expanded Academic Index and Ethnic Newswatch.

Source Access
Expanded Academic Index (1980+)
Search by keyword for "Nikky Finney" to find or link to a dozen sources. Use SC Links to connect to full text.
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Ethnic Newswatch (1960+)
Among the full text sources included are articles from Mosaic Literary Magazine.
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