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An Evening with Nikky Finney

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In partnership with the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, the Windgate Museum Art presents poet Nikky Finney as accompaniment to the WMA’s fall exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. As part of the Southbound project, its curators commissioned Finney to write poems in response to four of the photographs. Nikki 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, is forthcoming in 2020 from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.

Her work, in book form and video, including her now legendary acceptance speech for the National Book Award for Poetry, is on display in the inaugural exhibition of the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C. You will find her in the poet’s corner, directly across from Chuck Berry’s 1973 candy apple red Cadillac Eldorado. Finney’s work includes the arenas of Black girl genius unrecognized, Black history misplaced and forgotten, and the stories of women who prefer to jump instead of ride the traditional tracks of polite and acceptable society. In her full body of poetry and storytelling, she explores the whispers and shouts of sexuality, the invisibility of poverty in a world continually smitten by the rich and the powerful, the graciousness of Black family perseverance, the truth of history, the grace and necessity of memory, as well as the titanic loss of habitat for all things precious and wild.

Reserve your virtual seat by e-mail to windgatemuseum@hendrix.edu.


October 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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