Nikky Finney on the Poet’s Responsibility

January 27, 2021

At Lit Hub, Nikky Finney joins guest Walter Mosley on the The Quarantine Tapes to discuss her responsibility as a poet to share her different perspective with the wider world. “It is my responsibility as a poet to look at us as human beings,” Finney says, “but to also talk about the fact that things in our very different lives in this republic, in this country, have made us very different human beings. My experiences as a Black girl, Black woman, growing up in the South have given me entree into something that I know very well, that I speak of, because it is very important to me to put that perspective into the human circle. That’s really important for me to do.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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