Video: Poet Nikky Finney Reads at Cave Canem 2012

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Nikky Finney, Cave Canem 2012. Photo: Renee Rosensteel

On June 21, Cave Canem, in partnership with City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, presented a free reading on Pittsburgh’s Monterey Street where Nikky Finney read, along with poets Angela Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Terrance Hayes.

Nikky Finney is the author of four books, including her latest poetry collection, Head Off & Split, winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry, and The World Is Round, winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry. Rice, her collection of stories, poems, and photographs, won the PEN American Open Book Award in 1999.

She is editor of Cave Canem’s second anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, a collection of over 100 contemporary voices. Her contagious energy and passion for writing extend beyond academia: she travels extensively, reading to listeners, staying connected and engaged, and maintaining her commitment to the risky business of creativity.

She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky and is a Cave Canem faculty member.


1. “Left” (0:00)
2. “Concerto No. 7: Condoleezza Working Out at the Watergate” (4:32)
3. “The Clitoris” (5:47)
4. “Penguin Mullet Bread” (6:41)
5. “Florissant” (11:41)

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