Join the Friends of the Richland County Public Library and the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies for a the 2012 Southern Writers Series that features several of the South’s best authors. All events are held at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.

Nikky Finney, 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22. Finney’s fourth poetry collection, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. She is also the author of the story collection Heartwood, editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. A native of South Carolina, Finney is currently a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

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