Nikky Finney's Head Off & Split tells the stories of contemporary African-American life from the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina.
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.
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December 1, 2011 In the first hour of today's Talk of the Nation: NPR CEO Gary Knell takes questions on the first day on the job. Plus National Book Award winner Nikky Finney. In today's second hour, Richard Branson and his new book Screw Business as Usual. And Don McLean on the origins of "American Pie".
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