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.
When I found out that I'd be interviewing Nikky Finney, I felt like this:
We were supposed to chat for thirty minutes but an hour later, we were still talking about poetry, the magic of the ocean, and parallel parking.
Nikky Finney’s poetry and essay collection: Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, uses “artifacts” such as newspaper clippings, personal and artistic images, and her own writing, giving the book an art gallery type of feeling— there are many things to see, touch, and read. In her book, Finney insists that black writers should be archivists to their own memories to sidestep a myopic history that has not included them.
Get ready for your mind to be blown!