NOTES ON MIGRATION
Stay in touch with Nikky through her "Notes on Migration". This personal essay series is posted through Nikky's Facebook page and archived here.
He doesn't want to be president and he certainly never intended to be ahead in the polls. This is a mistake that is now keeping him up at night. Read more.
In Zimbabwe, a majestic 13-year-old endangered and beloved lion, with an unusual and recognizable black mane, named Cecil, was lured away from his safe lair in Hwange National Park. Read more.
The Juneteenth Father’s Day Solstice Pride Love Moon Weekend
Two days ago, on the weekend of June 19– 21, the weekend that our 150 year old cakewalk away from slavery, Juneteenth, was celebrated, on the very weekend we honored our persistent determined father. Read more.
Nikky's Press Kit, including her official biography and full-resolution photograph, is here.
PROJECTS & OTHER WRITING
Margaret Walker's For My People, featuring an introduction by Nikky Finney is available here, and an audio file is here.
My Dear Boy, Carrie Hughes's Letters to Langston Hughes, 1926–1938, features a foreward by Nikky, and it is available here.
Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems, by James Baldwin, released by Beacon Press, features an introduction by Nikky, and it is available here.
PRAISE FOR HEAD OFF & SPLIT
"With Head Off & Split, Nikky Finney establishes herself as one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today. What makes this book as important as anything published in the last decade is the irresistible music, the formal dexterity and the imaginative leaps she makes with metaphor and language in these simply stunning poems. This is a very, very important achievement."
– Kwame Dawes, author of Hope's Hospice
Find other reviews & praise.
"The Conversation: Poet, activist and athlete Nikky Finney, Interview with ESPNw
"Poet Nikky Finney tries to make sense of Strom Thurmond, Dylann Roof, and the South's legacy of oppression," Charleston City Paper
‘Black Girl Genius’ Nikky Finney Visits FAMU, The FAMUAN
"Nikky Finney to read at poetry series honoring slain CF teacher, victim of domestic violence," Ocala Star-Banner, February 2016
"The Interiority of Your Feet on This Earth: An Interview with Nikky Finney," featured in the September 2015 issue of The Writers Chronicle.
"Finding a Window," Interview with Kimberly Reyes, The Poetry Foundation [PDF]
"Nikky Finney Ponders the Possibility of the Poetry Profession," Interview with Neal Conan, National Public Radio
Nikky Finney: Interview with Cara Dees of the Nashville Review [PDF]
"The Beauty & Difficulty of Poet Nikky Finney" An audio interview with Noah Adams, NPR
"So I Became a Witness" An Interview with Joshua Barnes from Sampsonia Way [PDF]
Find other interviews.
Nikky Finney Defends the Art, The FAMUAN
First She Acquired an Esteemed Writer's House, Now His Chair [PDF] from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Poetry, Friendship, and an NBA: Editing “Head Off & Split” [PDF] from The Digital Digest.
Commentary on Head Off & Split by Terrance Hayes [PDF] from the National Book Foundation's Web site.
Galley Girl: Poet Nikky Finney Dazzles the National Book Awards [PDF] from Time Entertainment
2011 National Book Ward Winners Jesmyn Ward and Nikky Finnery Tackle Race and History [PDF] from the Huffington Post
S.C. native, Nikky Finney, wins National Book Award for poetry [PDF] from The State
Professor Nikky Finney wins National Book Award for Poetry [PDF] from The Kentucky Kernel
Nikky Finney's poetry nomination a triumph [PDF] from the Lexington Herald-Leader
Finney's poetry fuses the personal, political [PDF] from Tulsa World
Nikky Finney sings poetry of history, remebrance [PDF] from The Guilfordian
People's Poet Nikky Finney [PDF] from Ace Weekly