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Winner, 2011 National Book Award for PoetryWinner, 2012 GLCS Award for PoetryWinner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for PoetryNominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry The poems in Nikky Finneys breathtaking new collection Head Off Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finneys poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mothers wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American presidents final State of the Union address.

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Nikky Finney

Finney is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.

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