HOW DOES A POEM MEAN? – Poet Nikky Finney speaks to a full house during an evening reading and lecture at Lake Superior State University on Oct. 4. Finney shared selections from her collection Head Off & Split, which received the National Book Award for poetry in 2011. During an audience discussion, Finney stressed poetry's role as a means for preserving human moments and memories. Her LSSU visit, which also included an afternoon master class, is part of a literary initiative called "Opening a Literary Dialogue in the Easter Upper Peninsula," made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. LSSU's Visiting Writer Series brings highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of the university's expanding creative writing program and bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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