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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nikky Finney. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nikky Finney, often where they are interviewed.

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15 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nikky Finney. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nikky Finney, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 100: Present in Courage with Nikky Finney

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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.


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Aug 06 2020 · 17mins
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The Witness We Bear: Writer to Writer with Jericho Brown and Nikky Finney

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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.

Aug 04 2020 · 1hr 1min

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Poet Nikky Finney

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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."

Jul 28 2020 · 53mins
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Nikky Finney (Rebroadcast)

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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.

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Jul 15 2020 · 59mins
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New Letters On the Air Nikky Finney

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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...
Jun 19 2020 ·
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Nikky Finney : Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry

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“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.

Jun 01 2020 · 2hr 20mins
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Episode #073 Concerto No. 7: Condoleezza (working out) at the Watergate - Nikky Finney

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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-finney
Buy Head Off and Split here: http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/head-split

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The Condoleezza Suite [Excerpt]
By: Nikky Finney
Concerto no. 7: Condoleezza {working out} at the Watergate

Condoleezza rises at four,
stepping on the treadmill.

Her long fingers brace the two slim handles
of 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-box
of 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 relocated
to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains,

where she and the Steinway
are the only Black people in the room.
Jul 12 2019 · 53mins
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Nikky Finney | 2018-2019 Readings and Talks Series

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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.

Apr 23 2019 · 58mins
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Nikky Finney

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We're celebrating National Poetry Month here at WMMT by bringing you a 2012 interview with Nikky Finney from Profiles, a show out of Bloomington Indiana’s WFIU station, where they interview notable artists, scholars and musicians.

Nikky Finney is a powerful poet, born in South Carolina, who taught at the University of Kentucky for twenty years. She’s a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets and her Book "Head Off & Split" won the National Book Award in 2011.
Apr 24 2018 · 59mins
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Nikky Finney: 2012 National Book Festival

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Poet Nikky Finney appears at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5798.
May 29 2013 ·