Frank X Walker http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-wins-naacp-image-award <p>Frank X Walker, Kentucky's first African American poet laureate, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry for "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar&nbsp;Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Erin Keane 8680 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award Strange Fruit: The Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month Begins http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-story-african-americans-appalachia-black-history-month-begins <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132880151&amp;color=65d099&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />The seldom-told story of African Americans in Appalachia has been on our minds since a few weeks ago when <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-social-justice-through-poetry">we spoke to Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker</a>, who coined the term 'Affrilachian.'&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:59:14 +0000 Laura Ellis 8457 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: The Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month Begins Strange Fruit: Poet Laureate Frank X Walker on Social Justice Through Poetry http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-social-justice-through-poetry <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130657327&amp;color=e6c350&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:26:56 +0000 Laura Ellis 8311 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Poet Laureate Frank X Walker on Social Justice Through Poetry 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers http://wfpl.org/post/turn-me-loose-ky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walkers-new-book-medgar-evers <p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:46:36 +0000 Erin Keane 6585 at http://wfpl.org 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-black-jockeys-isaac-murphy-kevin-krigger <p>In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.</p><p>One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 5252 at http://wfpl.org Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker http://wfpl.org/post/something-water-talking-kentucky-literature-frank-x-walker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">Governor Steve </a></span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">Beshear</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate"> appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate</a>. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:12:38 +0000 Erin Keane 4159 at http://wfpl.org Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate <p>Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet <a href="http://frankxwalker.com/">Frank X Walker</a> the 2013-14 &nbsp;Kentucky Poet Laureate today.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35:27 +0000 Erin Keane 3997 at http://wfpl.org Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate