poetry 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: 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 Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto http://wfpl.org/post/listen-tom-c-hunley-reads-poem-simpsons-bus-driver-otto <p><a href="http://louisvilleliteraryarts.org/inky-reading-series/upcoming-readings/">The InKY Reading Series</a> returns to The Bard's Town tonight at 7 p.m. with readings by Kentucky poet Tom C. Hunley and Spalding University MFA in Writing alum Marci Rae Johnson, with a special emerging writer reading by Louisville poet John James.&nbsp;</p><p>The monthly reading series is free and features an open mic.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:00:25 +0000 Erin Keane 6831 at http://wfpl.org Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto '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 National Poetry Month: Frets, Beats and Breaks http://wfpl.org/post/national-poetry-month-frets-beats-and-breaks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville native </span><a href="http://mitchelldouglaspoetry.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mitchell L.H. Douglas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> returns home tonight to read from his new collection of poems,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“\</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">blak\ \al-fə bet\</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” which won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award from Persea&nbsp;Books. Douglas reads from his new work tonight at the InKY Reading Series, 7-9 p.m. at The Bard's Town on Bardtown Road.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Douglas' first collection, "Cooling Board: a Long-Playing Poem," a finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Awards, explored the life and death of soul singer Donny Hathaway, but </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“\</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">blak\ \al-fə&nbsp;bet\</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” is a more personal collection of poems about Douglas' Southern family after the death of its matriarch.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:57:23 +0000 Erin Keane 4947 at http://wfpl.org National Poetry Month: Frets, Beats and Breaks 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 Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/axton-reading-series-opens-poet-laureate <p>Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.</p><p>Morehead will read from her new collection of poems, “Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems,” in U of L’s Ekstrom Library, in the Chao Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Morehead is also the author of "In a Yellow Room," "Our Brothers’ War," "A Sense of Time Left" and "The Melancholy Teacher." She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1798 at http://wfpl.org Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate Poet Maurice Manning Opens Natural Habitat Reading Series http://wfpl.org/post/poet-maurice-manning-opens-natural-habitat-reading-series <p><a href="http://www.typecastpublishing.com/">Typecast Publishing</a>, founded in 2006, is a boutique publishing house based in Louisville, which WFPL&#39;s Erin Keane says, &quot;has blossomed into a bit of grassroots mini media empire.&quot; Thursday night, they kicked off their <a href="http://www.typecastpublishing.com/news/natural-habitat-a-summer-reading-series/">summer reading series</a> with Kentucky poet <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/maurice-manning">Maurice Manning</a>. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:20:24 +0000 Laura Ellis 859 at http://wfpl.org National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C http://wfpl.org/post/national-book-award-winner-reads-21c <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); line-height: 22px; ">Lexington poet Nikky Finney has been on the road, visiting 20 cities in three months. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 72 at http://wfpl.org National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C