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Nikky Finney

The Sewanee Review Podcast

In which poet Nikky Finney begins with love.

18 Jun 2021

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The Quarantine Tapes 151: Nikky Finney

The Quarantine Tapes

Poet Nikky Finney joins guest host Walter Mosley for a two-part discussion on episode 151 of The Quarantine Tapes. Nikky speaks with great thoughtfulness about the responsibilities of a working poet and of a teacher and how she feels humbled by both those jobs.Nikky talks to Walter about the need she feels as an artist to speak the truth by addressing both the trauma and the love in her life. They also discuss what she saw in the people marching into the Capitol on January 6th and the contrasts with what she saw in the Black Lives Matter protests. Nikky Finney was born by the sea in South Carolina and raised during the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements. She is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; and Head Off & Split, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011. Her new collection of poems, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, was released from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2020.Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America. He is the author of more than 60 critically-acclaimed books including the just released Elements of Fiction, a nonfiction book about the art of writing fiction; the novel John Woman ,Down the River and Unto the Sea (which won an Edgar Award for “Best Novel”) and the bestselling mystery series featuring “Easy Rawlins.” His work has been translated into 25 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and The Nation, among other publications. He is also a writer and an executive producer on the John Singleton FX show, “Snowfall.”


22 Jan 2021

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Episode 100: Present in Courage with Nikky Finney

The PEN Pod

On this 100th episode of The PEN Pod, we talk to poet Nikky Finney, an award-winning writer and teacher. She reflects on how literary celebrations have been redefined amid the pandemic, how she's woven together the personal and the political, and how she approaches mentorship.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support


6 Aug 2020

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The Witness We Bear: Writer to Writer with Jericho Brown and Nikky Finney

Bay Area Book Festival Podcast

In this transcendent conversation, Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown and National Book Award winner Nikky Finney—two of the most prominent poets in America today—share their own responses to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, address the protests against police brutality and white supremacy, and describe the revolutionary power of poetry to capture human experience. They offer us their own experiences of finding power and hope, even in the midst of heartbreak. Moderated by Ismail Muhammad.

1hr 1min

4 Aug 2020

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City Lights with Lois Reitzes

Lois Retizes talks with Melissa Arasi, director of the Atlanta Women's Chorus about their upcoming virtual performance "She Rises," celebrating the 100th anniversary women's constitutional right to vote; poet Nikky Finney about her radical libretto "The Battle Of and For The Black Face Boy"; and author Richard Russo about his book of short stories "Trajectory."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


28 Jul 2020

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Nikky Finney (Rebroadcast)

The Archive Project

Nikky Finney, the 2011 National Book Award winner for poetry, tells a full-house audience that her grandmother’s words have always guided her work as a poet: “To tell a lie is a sin of the highest order.” She gives extensive, fascinating introductions for each of her long-form narrative poems before performing them. Her subjects include family ties, the writing life, oppression, maternity, solidarity, class disparity, and the plight of Black women in America. Both her poems and her commentaries about them are powerful and moving. “The influence of my grandmother, who was a farming woman in South Carolina, who probably went as far as the tenth grade or so, but who was the most brilliant woman I ever knew, because she mixed her head knowledge with her belly knowledge, and she never let me forget that. And she did make me tell the truth—or else. And I’m still trying to do that with my work. I’m really trying very hard not to skirt the hard things, but to still say them as beautifully as I know how. Because, who needs someone to rant up on a podium? None of us. But who needs somebody at a podium and a microphone to tell the truth for once: we all do. So I thank my grandmother, every day of my life, for not letting me off easy in that way—because I see so many people lying easily today, like it means nothing.” “I read poetry in Philly for the first time ever. She started walking up, all the way, from in back of the room. From against the wall she came, big coats, boots, eyes soft as candles in two storms blowing. Something she could not see from way back there, but could clearly hear in my voice. Something she needed to know before pouring herself back out, into the icy city night. She came close, to get a good look, to ask me something she found in a strange way missing, from my black woman poetry. Side stepping the crowd, ignoring the book signing line, she stood there waiting, for everyone to go, waiting like some kind of representative. And when it was just the two of us, she stepped into the shoes of her words: ‘Hey,’ she said. ‘You write real soft, spell it out kind. No bullet holes, no open wounds in your words; how do you do that? Write, like you’ve never been hit before.’ I could hardly speak, all my breath held ransom by her question.” Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze (1985), Rice (1995), The World Is Round (2003), and Head Off & Split (2011). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored the fiction work Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. The post Nikky Finney (Rebroadcast) appeared first on Literary Arts.


15 Jul 2020

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New Letters On the Air Nikky Finney

New Letters - On the Air - Audio feed

Poet Nikky Finney discusses how her sense of social justice was informed  by her father, the first African American Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, revealing how growing up in the political household shaped her art. She reads a poetic tribute to her father from her second book, Rice, as well as her long, piercing poem "Dancing with Strom" from her fourth collection, the National Book A...

19 Jun 2020

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Nikky Finney : Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry

Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

“Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry is a 21st-century paean to the sterling love songs humming throughout four hundred years of black American life.” —Lit Hub “Her poems elide the generational and the personal with ample music. They are, therefore, more than taut with vital details; they are alive with nuance and contrast, where doom is rightfully proximate to creation and grace.” —Sewanee Review The post Nikky Finney : Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry appeared first on Tin House.

2hr 20mins

1 Jun 2020

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Episode #073 Concerto No. 7: Condoleezza (working out) at the Watergate - Nikky Finney

Close Talking: A Poetry Podcast

Connor and Jack dig into The Condoleezza Suite [Excerpt] Concerto No. 7 Condoleezza {working out} at the Watergate by the incredible Nikky Finney. They discuss signs and signifiers, the legacy of the George W. Bush administration, the fallacies of respectability politics and much more.Learn more about Nikky Finney: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/nikky-finneyBuy Head Off and Split here: http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/head-splitFind us on Facebook at: facebook.com/closetalking
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Find us on Instagram: @closetalkingpoetryYou can always send us an e-mail with thoughts on this or any of our previous podcasts, as well as suggestions for future shows, at closetalkingpoetry@gmail.com.The Condoleezza Suite [Excerpt]By: Nikky FinneyConcerto no. 7: Condoleezza {working out} at the WatergateCondoleezza rises at four, stepping on the treadmill. Her long fingers brace the two slim handlesof accommodating steel. She steadies her sleepy legs for the long day ahead. She doesn't get very far. Her knees buckle wanting back last night's dream. [dream #9]She is fifteen and leaning forward from the bench, playing Mozart's piano concerto in D minor, alone, before the gawking, disbelieving, applauding crowd. not [dream #2]She is nine, and not in the church that explodes into dust, the heart pine floor giving way beneath her friend Denise, rocketing her up into the air like a jack-in-the-boxof a Black girl, wrapped in a Dixie cross.She ups the speed on the treadmill, remembering, she has to be three times as good. Don't mix up your dreams Condi. She runs faster, back to the right, finally hitting her stride. Mozart returns to her side. She is fifteen again, all smiles, and relocatedto the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, where she and the Steinwayare the only Black people in the room.


12 Jul 2019

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Nikky Finney | 2018-2019 Readings and Talks Series

Lannan Center Podcast

On April 23, 2019, the Lannan Center presented a reading and talk featuring poet Nikky Finney. Introduced by Aminatta Forna. Nikky Finney is the author of the poetry collections Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly Books, 2011), winner of the 2011 National Book Award; The World Is Round (InnerLight Publishing, 2003); Rice (Sister Vision, 1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (W. Morrow, 1985). She has been a faculty member at Cave Canem, a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, and professor for twenty-three years at the University of Kentucky. Music: Quantum Jazz — "Orbiting A Distant Planet" — Provided by Jamendo.


23 Apr 2019