Poet Nikky Finney, recently nominated for a National Book Award, will be visiting the Williston Northampton School campus on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. as part of this year’s Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of four collections of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice, recipient of a PEN America Open Book Award; The World Is Round, recipient of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry; and Head Off & Split. A recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women Artists Fellowship Award and The Governor’s Award in the Arts, Finney has taught at Smith College and Berea College, and is a former faculty member at Cave Canem, a writing home for African American poets.
International humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson will be a special guest on campus this fall. In preparation for his visit, students, teachers, staff members, parents, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in an all-school read of Mortensen’s co-authored first book, Three Cups of Tea, which tells the story of his experiences after a mountaineering trip up Pakistan’s K2.
While recovering in a nearby village, Mortenson promised children he met to help them build a school. As of 2010, he has established over 141 schools, and another five dozen temporary refugee schools, that provide education to over 64,000 children, including 52,000 girls, in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where few education opportunities existed before.