Power Poet

Poet Nikky Finney astonished the literary world with her eloquent acceptance speech for her 2011 National Book Award (host John Lithgow said, “That was the best acceptance speech for anything I’ve ever heard in my life”), and poets and writers all over the country shared the speech in a proud demonstration of poetry’s power and contemporary relevance. This weekend marks Finney's first visit back to San Francisco since, and as one of the most anticipated events of the year, it’s sure to be both an intimate and raucous occasion. Author of four books of poetry and one short story cycle, Finney moved to the Bay Area after the publication of her first book, in 1985, and lived here for a few years before moving to Kentucky, where she has taught and lived with a few brief exceptions ever since. No doubt this place is special for Finney, and her return will be charged with not only her many accomplishments, but also with how far she’s come since she lived here.
Sat., May 18, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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