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Poetry: "Nikky Finney"

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 07:00 PM
- 09:00 PM

Location: The Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Cost: Free to $10

Web: http://creativestate.sfsu.edu/node/5301

Sponsor: College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Contact: SF State Box Office

Phone: (415) 338-2467

After her rousing, inspiring acceptance speech for the 2011 National Book Award, Nikky Finney gives a poetry reading sponsored by The Poetry Center. Finney has written four books of poetry, including "Head Off and Split" -- winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. She is the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor in the English Department at University of Kentucky. Her electrifying acceptance speech recalled African American slaves who were not allowed to learn to read or write. The actor John Lithgow, MC for the National Book Awards, said, "That's the best acceptance for anything I've ever heard in my life."

 

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