Interview with Nikky Finney, December 16, 1997

Project: Kentucky Writers Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Finney discusses her childhood, racial integration, and her experience as one of the first three black students integrated into her middle school. Finney recalls being encouraged by her mother to write, and never wanted to be anything other than a writer. Finney attended Talladega College in Alabama In the end, she was not permitted to write the thesis the way she wanted to write it, so she did not finish her degree, but left the college. Finney spent several years in California, and then decided not to stay in California, and took a job as an instructor at the University of Kentucky. Beattie and Finney talk about the part of teaching writing that they have difficulty teaching. She thinks we all have creativity, and that it branches into a specific kind of creativity. Kentucky has had a profound effect on her writing. She discusses her poetic vision. She had been invited to participate in a Kentucky writer's conference, where Frank X. Walker was inspired to coin the term Affrilachian.

Interview Accession

1998oh018_kw087

Interviewee Name

Nikky Finney

Interviewer Name

L. Elisabeth Beattie

Interview Date

1997-12-16

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Finney, Nikky Interview by L. Elisabeth Beattie. 16 Dec. 1997. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Finney, N. (1997, December 16). Interview by L. E. Beattie. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Finney, Nikky, interview by L. Elisabeth Beattie. December 16, 1997, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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