Friday, April 08, 2011

NIkki Finney is the Oxford American's Featured Poet of the Month

Nikki Finney
Nikki Finney, editor of THE RINGING EAR: BLACK POETS LEAN SOUTH, is the subject of a lengthy, absorbing interview in the Oxford American. Read about Finney's regard for fellow poet Lucille Clifton ("She's at the center of everything I do."), her thoughts on graduate writing programs ("I don't really like the model of going right from undergraduate to graduate without some time spent out in the world."), her ties to the South ("I find that my closeness to South Carolina and to my family never goes away."), and her acute sense of history ("I was a child of Civil Rights workers in the South.").

Phillis Wheatley

Don't forget about our other recent anthology of African American poetry, BLACK NATURE: FOUR CENTURIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN NATURE POETRY, edited by Camille T. Dungy. And, while we're on the topic of African American poetry, be sure to watch out for PHILLIS WHEATLEY: BIOGRAPHY OF A GENIUS IN BONDAGE by Vincent Carretta. Coming this November, it reveals the life and times of the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman—of any race or background—to do so in America.