Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney is an internationally-renowned South Carolina-born poet.

UofSC annual Fall Literary Festival goes virtual Oct. 14 with Nikky Finney, Kelly Starling Lyons and George Singleton

The University of South Carolina kicks off its twenty-first annual Fall Literary Festival Wednesday, Oct. 14 with the first of three free, virtual events with celebrated poets and authors.

Festival events begin at 7 p.m. on these three consecutive Wednesdays:

Nikky Finney (Oct. 14): South Carolina-born poet Finney was raised during the Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Arts Movements. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2020, Finney has published several collections, including Head Off & Split, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. She holds the John H. Bennett Jr. Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina.

Kelly Starling Lyons (Oct. 21): Lyons is an award-winning children's book author and teaching artist whose books center on Black heroes and stories that celebrate family, friendship and heritage. Her titles span early readers, chapter books and picture books, nonfiction and fiction, and include the Jada Jones series, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, and Sing a Song: How "Lift Every Voice & Sing" Inspired Generations.

George Singleton (Oct. 28): Raised in South Carolina, Singleton has published nine story collections, two novels, a book of writing advice and numerous print articles. His work has been anthologized ten times in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence.

The Fall Literary Festival, hosted by University Libraries and the Department of English, has brought more than 60 award-winning authors to campus for readings, book signings and other events – all free and open to the public.

Register now to attend any or all of this year’s events at

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