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Heartwood, expanded edition

Deep in the center of every tree, you'll find the heartwood. This wood is the very soul of a tree.

The characters in this book by poet Nikky Finney are the heartwood of their small Kentucky communities. You'll meet Buck Jones and Mae Bennet, whose anger has twisted them up inside, Queenie Sims and Arizona Scott, who can see the good in people, and Trina Sims and Jenny Bryan, two young women who discover how much they are alike despite their different skin color.

Set in rural Kentucky, this story is filled with the sights and sounds, hopes and hurts of a land and its people. Breathing with life and vitality, Heartwood moves its readers to speak out and remind the world of the goodness it so easily forgets. The characters of Heartwood lead the way for us in this beautiful story.

About the Author

Nikky Finney has been a faculty member at Cave Canem summer workshop for African American poets; a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets; poet and professor for twenty-three years at the University of Kentucky; and visiting professor at Berea and Smith Colleges. She won the PEN American Open Book Award in 1996 and the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts in South Carolina in 2016. She edited Black Poets Lean South, a Cave Canem anthology (2007) authored On Wings Made of Gauze (1985), Rice (1995), Heartwood (1997), The World Is Round (2003), and Head Off & Split, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. In her home state of South Carolina she involves herself in the day-to-day battles for truth and justice while also guiding both undergraduates and MFA students at the University of South Carolina where she is the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters, with appointments in both the Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program. Finney's work, in book form and video, including her now legendary National Book Award acceptance speech, is on display in the inaugural exhibition of the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry (2020) is her first poetry collection since winning the National Book Award in 2011.
University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles by Nikky Finney

Perfect Black

Crystal Wilkinson, foreword by Nikky Finney, illustrated by Ronald W. Davis
Aug 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

State of the Heart

edited by Aida Rogers, foreword by Nikky Finney, afterword by Cassandra King
Aug 2018 - University of South Carolina Press
$41.99 USD - Hardback
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

State of the Heart

edited by Aïda Rogers, foreword by Nikky Finney, afterword by Cassandra King Conroy
Aug 2018 - University of South Carolina Press
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in FICTION / Small Town & Rural

Wanting Radiance

Karen Salyer McElmurray
Nov 2021 - South Limestone, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

A Little More than Kin

Ernest Hebert
Aug 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Dogs of March

Ernest Hebert
Aug 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback