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2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence: Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney. Photo by Forrest Clonts

The 2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence will be Nikky Finney. Her talk will be on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Genome Sciences Building Auditorium.

Nikky Finney is one of the great visionaries in the world of American letters.  A poet, librettist, legendary teacher, and activist, she has spent a remarkable career helping readers understand America in all its joy, terror, and possibility.  Finney makes it her practice and poetics to amplify the voices of the “ones who longed to read and write, but were forbidden, who lost hands and feet, [who] were killed by laws written by men who believed they owned other men.”

The Department of English and Comparative Literature proudly announces the creation of the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program.  This program will build upon our department’s long-standing commitment to the value of a writer-in-residence program that spans over two decades.

Finney’s visit will also include two panels sponsored by the Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program:

Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m.: Poetry and Sports: Poetry in Motion—Motion in Poetry

Donovan Lounge, 223 Greenlaw Hall

  • Nikky Finney. Poet and Activist. 2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence
  • Courtney Banghart. UNC Women’s Basketball Coach
  • Liz Roberts. UNC Women’s Basketball Player; Class of 2020
  • Alan Shapiro (moderator). Poet and Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature

Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m.: “Blacker than a hundred midnights”: Public History and Memory and the Souls of Blackfolk in the South

Anne Queen Commons, Campus Y

Panel sponsored by the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program

· Nikky Finney. Poet and activist. 2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence

· Fred Joiner. Poet Laureate of Carrboro

· Danielle Purifoy. Carolina Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography

· Randall Kenan. Fiction writer; Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature

· Jennifer Larson (moderator). Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English & Comparative Literature.

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