Will you be as moved by Nikky Finney's speech accepting the 2011 National Book Awards honor for her poetry as I was? My heavens these words are gorgeous.
Following her on stage, host John Lithgow said this short speech was the finest acceptance speech he had ever heard - for any award. Start at about the 4:40 mark in the video embedded here and prepare to be transported.
And yes, you'll want to get to your seats early to see her at IdeaFestival 2012.