Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 PM writing workshop for educators and local poets with Nikky Finney (space limited) Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 PM open mic (via Zoom) Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 PM, Poet Nikky Finney in conversation with Clemonce Heard Nikky Finney is a National Book Award winner and a newly elected member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is best known for her depictions of African American experience, "the graciousness of Black family perseverance, the truth of history, the grace and necessity of memory, as well as the titanic loss of habitat for all things precious and wild." Finney has taught as artist-in-residence at University of Kentucky, Berea College, and Smith College, and currently hold the endowed John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at University of South Carolina. Her work is also represented in the National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C. Join us for two evenings of lively discussion and workshops from Finney herself! This program has been made possible by funding from the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund at Oklahoma City University and by a major grant from Oklahoma Humanities. Partners in this program include Poetic City, The Oklahoma Writing Project, The Oklahoma Arts Institute, and Full Circle Bookstore.