Books Nikky Finney Books by Nikky Finney Nikky Finney has written books about: Poetry Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Nikky Finney This Week's Must Read James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most May 4, 2014 In response to racist comments made by rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, poet Saeed Jones recommends picking up a new collection of James Baldwin's poems. James Baldwin Reappeared Just When We Needed Him Most Audio for this story is unavailable. Nikky Finney is an award-winning poet and the Provost's Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption toggle caption Noah Adams/NPR Poetry The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney April 8, 2012 "Art is about being provocative," says the award-winning poet. "Art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter." The Beauty And Difficulty Of Poet Nikky Finney Listen · 7:13 7:13 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/149936338/150230407" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Poetry How Nikky Finney Found Her Own Path To Poetry December 1, 2011 Ever since she was 19 years old, Nikky Finney dreamed of being a poet. She published her first book in 1985, and has taught writing for years at the university level. Her collection Head Off & Split received the National Book Award for poetry in November. How Nikky Finney Found Her Own Path To Poetry Listen · 16:48 16:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/143009811/143009806" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Jesmyn Ward, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for her book Salvage the Bones, poses at the National Book Awards Wednesday night. Tina Fineberg/AP hide caption toggle caption Tina Fineberg/AP Monkey See 'Salvage The Bones' Takes Top Fiction Honors At The National Book Awards November 17, 2011 In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.