Frank X Walker

Arts and Humanities
11:24 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival

Frank X Walker
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became the first African American writer to be named poet laureate of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year, Thursday in Louisville. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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 Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer. "Turn Me Loose" was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013.

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Strange Fruit
1:59 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Strange Fruit: The Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month Begins

The seldom-told story of African Americans in Appalachia has been on our minds since a few weeks ago when we spoke to Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, who coined the term 'Affrilachian.' 
 

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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" (University of Georgia Press) is a collection of persona poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago this summer. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, and he was instrumental in the desegregation campaign at the University of Mississippi and the efforts to bring murdered Chicago teen Emmett Till's killers to justice. 

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
5:12 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when Governor Steve Beshear appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.

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Arts and Humanities
11:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet Frank X Walker the 2013-14  Kentucky Poet Laureate today.

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