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CityLit Festival presents Poet to Poet with Nikky Finney

March 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


The Writer’s Room: Poet to Poet with Nikky Finney
Zoom Meeting

A special Writer’s Room featuring Nikky Finney, designed to engage and address Black poets, how to be a poet of this time, how to champion history and correction in a time of upheaval and uncertainty.


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 latest collection of poems is Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry.

Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry is a twenty-first-century paean to the sterling love songs humming throughout four hundred years of black American life. National Book Award winner Nikky Finney’s fifth collection contains lighthouse poems, narrative hotbeds, and treasured artifacts—copper coins struck from a new matrix for poetry, one that testifies from the witness stand and punctuates the occasional lyric within a new language of “docu-poetry.”

Nikky won The Sewanee Review’s 2020 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry and is the recipient of the 2020 Wallace Stevens Award, a $ 100,000-lifetime achievement honor presented by the Academy of American Poets. Academy judges praised Finney for her “fierce moral conviction” and as a bard “for the African diaspora.”


* Please register for The Writer’s Room through Eventbrite. The Writer’s Room is a new Festival highlight designed to engage festival attendees, who are also writers, in an informal conversation with the featured guest authors. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions. They will receive a link to attend an informal Zoom Meeting through Eventbrite where featured authors will join attendees virtually face to face. Featured guest artists are open to discussing different aspects of writing including questions about craft, research, writing process, challenges, and questions about publication.

Zoom Meeting: Featured authors join attendees where everyone who attends can be seen. (Cameras ON and everyone in attendance can be seen unless you turn off your video.)


CityLit in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library presents CityLit Festival: Reimagined. This virtual celebration of the arts showcases a bevy of leading poets and writers throughout March, including a special event each week with day-long sessions on March 20th. We’re talking fiction, nonfiction, poetry galore, and ways to up the ante on your craft.

Download the CityLit Festival: Reimagined flyer.