Saturday, June 11, 2016

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: June 11, 1961 – Frank X Walker














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From The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database -
Frank X Walker was born in Danville, KY. He is a visual artist, poet, author, educator, and motivator. Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, editor of Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium, and author of Affrilachia and Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York. He has given over 250 poetry readings, including readings at the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland, and in Santiago, Cuba. He has received many awards, appeared on television and been heard on the radio; he was the first writer from Kentucky to be featured on NPR's This I Believe. Walker was director of the Kentucky Governor's School for the ARTS, 1998-2004, leaving that position to become an English professor at Eastern Kentucky University. He has also been a visiting professor at Transylvania University. His teaching experience includes writing workshops at various locations and writing classes at the university level, including the University of Louisville and the University of Minnesota. Walker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Spalding University, and he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the University of Kentucky and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Transylvania University. In 2010, Frank X. Walker joined the University of Kentucky Department of English, and in 2011 he was named director of both the African American Studies & Research and the Africana Studies Programs at UK. In 2013, Frank X Walker was named Kentucky's poet laureate [source: M. Meehan,"Lexington writer Frank X Walker named Kentucky poet laureate," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/15/2013, p.A3]. At the age of 51, he is the youngest to be named the state's poet laureate and he is also the first African American to receive the honor. For more see Frank X. Walker website; Affrilachian Poets; and The Columbia Granger's Index to African-American Poetry, by N. Frankovich and D. Larzelere. There are several oral history interviews with Frank X. Walker in the L. B. N. Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Walker, Frank X. Affrilachia. 1st ed. Lexington, KY: Old Cove, 2000. Print.
PS3573.A425332 A32 2000, Young Library - 5th Floor

Walker, Frank X. Buffalo Dance : The Journey of York. Lexington, Ky.: U of Kentucky, 2003. Print.
PS3623.A359 B84 2004, Young Library - 5th Floor

Donohue, Jean., Fred. Johnson, Nikky. Finney, Frank X. Walker, Crystal. Wilkinson, Media Working Group, and Kentucky Educational Television. Coal Black Voices. Covington, Ky.] : Lexington, KY: Media Working Group ; KET, Kentucky Educational Television, 2008. Kentucky Muse ; 104.
AV-D2876, Young Media Library

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