Join us for a presentation and book signing with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker
5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014
335 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
The event is free, ticketless, and open to the public. A book signing follows.
Frank X Walker will speak as the Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence. Walker’s appearance is the headline event for Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, May 24-31. The festival is Kentucky’s largest and most prestigious spring-fall reading series.
Known for his persona poems that explore the lives of African Americans, Walker is the first Spalding MFA graduate to serve as the program’s featured author. His most recent poetry collection is Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (University of Georgia Press, 2013). His other poetry collections are Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride (Old Cove Press, 2010), When Winter Come: the Ascension of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2008); Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005); Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award in 2004; and Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000).
In February, Walker won the 2014 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. A 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Walker is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and is the editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture. He is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.