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VU MLK Jr. Day Commemorative Series: Nikky Finney
Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nikky Finney is the keynote speaker for the Vanderbilt University Martin Luther King Jr. 2022 Commemorative Series.
Finney will speak as part of a broader virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. After Finney’s address, Major Jackson, director of creative writing and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, will host a moderated Q&A with the speaker.
Finney is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, The World Is Round, and Head Off & Split: Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011. Her newest collection of poems, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, was published in 2020. She is currently the John H. Bennett, Jr. Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, with appointments in the department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies program.
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235