Frank X. Walker (June 11, 1961, Danville, KY – )

Born in Danville, KY, 2013-2014 Kentucky poet Laureate Frank X. Walker has taught at several Kentucky colleges and universities. Walker created the term “Affriliachia” to form a name and a group for African-American writers based in the Appalachia, focusing on the black experience in the Appalachia region. This collection of Affriliachian poets write with concerns to family, cultural identity, spirituality, racism, and community. Frank X. Walker spent half of a decade teaching and working as Northern Kentucky University’s writer-in-residence prior to his relocation to the University of Kentucky.

Works Available at KCPL

Affrilachia811.6 W179a 2000

Black Box: Poems 811.6 W179bb 2006

Buffalo Dance811.6 W179b 2004

When Winter Come: the Ascension of York – 811.6 W179w 2008

What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets – 811.54 W555c 2009


“Affrilachian Writers to Congregate Hear (Blacks from Appalachia),” Cincinnati Enquirer, September 26, 2002, C1-E8.

“Affriachian Poets Shine This Weekend,” Kentucky Enquirer, Sep 25 2002, C1A.

“Celebrate Appalachian Writers,” Kentucky Enquirer, August 14, 2009.

Frank X. Walker. . Accessed June 15, 2013.

“Local, national authors do signings, share stories,” Cincinnati Enquirer, September 13, 2009, d6.

Meehan, Mary. “Lexington Writer Frank X. Walker named Kentucky poet laureate,”, February 14, 2013. . Accessed June 15,2013.

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