Award-winning American poet Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. As a student at Talladega College, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Themes in Finney’s work reveal her commitment to social justice and cultural preservation. Finney has authored four books of poetry and a short story cycle. Her most recent book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
This event is made possible through a gift from the Hansell family. The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry, established in the name of Jeanne Harris Hansell ’45, will ensure continued success of the “Poetry at Parker” series, as well as allowing the school to host renowned guest poets and speakers about poetry in years to come. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins was Parker’s inaugural visiting poet in the 2012–13 academic year.
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