The Deckle Edge Southern Truth Award

The Deckle Edge Southern Truth Award, presented by the Deckle Edge Literary Festival, is awarded to a Southern author whose body of work exemplifies the complexity of the South’s history, celebrates the gifts of the South’s diverse peoples, and enhances the narrative of the South by focusing on the progress we make and the continued work before us.


The inaugural Deckle Edge Southern Truth Award will be presented to poet Nikky Finney.

Get your tickets to the Keynote and Southern Truth Award Celebration featuring Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney, with music by Amos Hoffman and Sam Edwards on Saturday, March 3rd  7 pm  701 Whaley Market Space. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with ID. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

If you’re a Very Awesome and Appreciated Person (VAP), then please join us for the VAP Champagne Reception before the keynote from 5:30-7pm. Tickets are $50 and includes a private happy hour with Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney. Tickets include sparkling wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres. Ticket price includes admission to the Keynote and Award event immediately following the reception. A purchase of this ticket also goes toward providing a ticket for three students to attend the evening keynote.