Interview with Nikky Finney, July 25, 2001

Project: Kentucky Writers Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Finney talks about writers and the story tellers on the porches of the community of her youth, authors such as Faulkner and Steinbeck, all of which influence her work. Finney is working on short stories relating to the life of her grandmother, and a novel called "Frogmarch." She discusses her writing and revision habits. Finney would like to write her grandmother's memoir. Teaching both helps and hinders Finney's work as a writer. Finney does not choose to read the reviews of her work. She recognizes that this means that she may not hear needed critical comments. Music is important to Finney. Finney feels that her work allows the reader to feel something they did not feel before. She is trying to get her message across using "plain sweet words."

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2001oh031_kw104

Interviewee Name

Nikky Finney

Interviewer Name

Betsy Brinson

Interview Date

2001-07-25

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Finney, Nikky Interview by Betsy Brinson. 25 Jul. 2001. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Finney, N. (2001, July 25). Interview by B. Brinson. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Finney, Nikky, interview by Betsy Brinson. July 25, 2001, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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