Affrilachian Poet, Educator in Residency Nov. 12-13 at Southeast


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 10, 2008 — Frank X Walker, Lannan award-winning Affrilachian poet and educator, will be in residency on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University Nov. 12-13 as part of the Multicultural Speakers Series.

Walker will present a lecture and reading of his work, free and open to the public, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Rose Theatre in the Grauel Building. The event is sponsored by University Funding for Results, the University Press, and the Department of English.

Walker was awarded the $75,000 Lannan prize for his research and writing about the life of York, the slave of William Clark, who accompanied the explorer on the renowned Lewis and Clark expedition, a history rife with controversy. The two collections of poetry–When Winter Come: the Ascension of York and Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York (winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award)ᾰhave been highly praised by nationally known writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Natalie Goldberg and Tim Seibles.

A multidisciplinary artist, Walker is a native of Danville, Ky. He is the founder and executive director of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, program coordinator of the University of Kentucky’s King Cultural Center, and the assistant director of Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the editor of America! What’s My Name? The “Other” Poets Unfurl the Flag and the author of four poetry collections: When Winter Come: the Ascension of York, Black Box, Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award; and Affrilachia, a Kentucky Public Librarians’ Choice Award nominee. He is Writer in Residence at Northern Kentucky University and editor of Pluck! literary journal.

For further information, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641.