Saturday, August 26, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: August 26, 1957 - Nikky Finney





Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths, from




From The Notable Kentucky African Americans database:
(Accessed August 26, 2016)



Born in Conway, South Carolina, Nikky Finney was an associate professor of creative writing and a former director of the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Kentucky. She is a graduate of Talladega College in Alabama. She is a nationally recognized poet and author of books of poetry including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, and The World is Round. Her work has also been published in anthologies. She was a screenwriter on the documentary, M & M. Smith: for posterity's sake. In 2011, Nikky Finney received the National Book Award in Poetry. In 2012, Nikky Finney left the University of Kentucky and returned to South Carolina. For more see "BIBR talks to Nikky Finney," Black Issues Book Review, March/April 2003, vol. 5, issue 2, pp. 28-29; K. Hamilton, "You are only as writerly as the last thing you've written," in Monty, a supplement to the print magazine, Montpelier at James Madison University; and D. Shafa, "Stepping up," Kentucky Kernel, 09/27/06, Campus News section. UKnow article, "UK Professor Nikky Finney wins National Book Award for Poetry," available online, a University of Kentucky publication website.

See photo and additional information about Nikky Finney at "The Beauty and Difficulty of Poet Nikky Finney" by N. Adams, 04/08/2012, 6:39 AM, a NPR website.

 Read about the Nikky Finney oral history interviews available at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item records in the SPOKE Database.

See the Nikky Finney interview with Renee Shaw, program #843, "Connections with Renee Shaw" at the KET (Kentucky Educational Television) website.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Finney, N. (2011). Head off & split : Poems. Evanston, Ill.: TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.
Young Library Books - 5th Floor PS3556.I53 H43 2010

Donohue, J., Johnson, F., Finney, N., Walker, F., Wilkinson, C., Media Working Group, & Kentucky Educational Television. (2008). Coal black voices (Kentucky muse ; 104). Covington, Ky.] : Lexington, KY: Media Working Group ; KET, Kentucky Educational Television.
Ask at Media Library Desk in B-67 Young Library AV-D2876

Finney, N. (1995). Rice. Toronto: Sister Vision.
Young Library Books - 5th Floor PS3556.I53 R530 1995

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