The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series
Since 2008, The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series has brought a procession of some of the most celebrated writers of color to Fordham. Events have included readings, master classes and panel discussions. The English Department at Fordham is deeply grateful to the Reid Family for their generosity.
2014 Reid Writers: Nikky Finney & Vievee Francis
A child of activists, Nikky Finney came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. She is the author of four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also wrote Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
Vievee Francis is the author of two poetry collections, Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006) and Horse in the Dark (Northwestern Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including, Best American Poetry 2010 among others. Work is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She was the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award and a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo.
March 10, Rose Hill
• 4:00 pm Master Class: Vievee Frances
March 11, Lincoln Center Campus Events (12th Floor Lounge)
• 6:00 pm Master Class: Vievee Frances
• 7:00 pm Introductions / Reading / Panel (moderated by Nicole Sealey) / Q & A
• 8:00 pm Book Signing
March 12, Rose Hill Campus Events (Keating 3rd)
• 4:00 pm Master Class: Nikky Finney
• 5:00 pm Introductions / Reading
• 6:00 pm Book Signing
March 13, Lincoln Center
• 10:00 am Master Class: Nikky Finney
The Reid events are made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of The Fordham English, African & African American Studies and Theatre Departments and Creative Writing, American Studies and Comparative Literature Programs.