Friday, February 15, 2013

Frank X. Walker, founder of Affrilachian Poets, named Kentucky Poet Laureate


Frank X. Walker is a powerful poet. His persona and historical poems are must-reads (hint). He's the founder of the Affrilachian Poets (revisit our four-part series of interviews with fellow Affrilachian Poets Keith Wilson, Ricardo Nazario y Colon, Parneshia Jones, and Ellen Hagan). He's even a graduate of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program, like almost all our editors.

And now, he's the youngest and first African American poet laureate of the state of Kentucky.

Congratulations, Frank. Congratulations, Kentucky. And congratulations to everyone who will now be exposed to Frank's words because of this well-deserved title.

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