Big news in the poetry world today as the American Academy of Poets announced that Nikky Finney has won the Wallace Stevens Award. Along with the prestigious award, the winner also will receive a $100,000 prize. The Wallace Stevens Award was established in 1994 and is awarded annually to honor outstanding artistic achievement in the art of poetry over the poet’s career.
This year’s winner, Nikki Finney, was born in South Carolina in 1957 to a family of politicians and activists. She began writing poetry as a young girl, during the civil rights movement. Finney, who also was a 2011 National Book Award winner, is the author of the poetry collections Head Off & Split, The World is Round, Rice, and Heartwood. Finney’s latest collection of poetry is titled Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts.
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