The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Nikky Finney

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The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career. View all previous interviews here.

On June 21, Nikky Finney came to Pittsburgh as faculty member for Cave Canem, an organization that is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh co-hosted a reading with Cave Canem which featured Finney as well as poets Thomas Sayers Ellis, Terrance Hayes, and Angela Jackson.

Before the reading, Nikky Finney was interviewed by Sampsonia Way. You can read the complete interview here.

Nikky Finney received the National Book Award in Poetry for her collection Head Off & Split. She has also written The World is Round, winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry, and Rice. Currently Finney is a professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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