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A Conversation with Nikky Finney and Crystal Wilkinson

WTY UKAA Auditorium
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Nikky Finney and Crystal Wilkinson

Renowned poet and professor Nikky Finney has spent her career illuminating the Southern cultural and political heritage of Black people in ways that resonate throughout the country and world. Her ongoing legacy of poignant expression, indomitable truth, and devotion to social justice has enriched the country and world. Learn more about Nikky Finney here

As the first Black woman to hold the appointment of Poet Laureate of Kentucky, Crystal Wilkinson serves as an inspiration to young people with an eye toward a career in writing, while also connecting with senior community members. Wilkinson’s research and work primarily focuses on the stories of Black women and communities in the Appalachian and rural Southern canon. Her latest book, "Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts," released recently and explores physical and spiritual ties between the past and present.