UK Prof. Nikky Finney named finalist for National Book Award Poetry

A University of Kentucky professor who teaches creative writing and is part of the Affrilachian Poets group has been named a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry.

Poet Nikky Finney

Prof. Nikky Finney, of the Department of English and a Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor, was named today for the prestigious award for her recent work, “Head Off & Split.”

The National Book Awards Finalists announcement is one of the most anticipated events in the publishing world.  Others named as finalists for the poetry award include Bruce Smith, Carl Phillips, Yusef Komunyakaa and Adrienne Rich.

Finney, a Lexington resident, has taught at UK for decades and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets group that includes Frank X. Walker and Kelly Norman Ellis.