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'Affrilachian Poet' named Ky's poet laureate

'Affrilachian Poet' named Ky's poet laureate

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 12:08 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky (WHAS11) -- At a capitol rotunda ceremony on Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear will name Danville's Frank X. Walker as Kentucky's first black poet laureate.

Walker coined the term "Affilachia," to recognize black influence in Appalachia.

"As a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and the creator of the word Affrilachia, I believe it is my responsibility to say as loudly and often as possible that people and artists of color are part of the past and present of the multi-state Appalachian region extending from northern Mississippi to southern New York," Walker is quoted on his website. 

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Walker is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky; and is the editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.

His recent work includes, Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride, a  collection of poems relating the story of legendary African American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy. 

Governor Steve Beshear will make the annoucement official at a 10am induction in the capitol rotunda.

 

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