Kentucky Arts and Culture
Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet Frank X Walker the 2013-14 Kentucky Poet Laureate today. Walker is a native of Danville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Spalding University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. He is well known as the originator of the term "Affrilachia," which describes Appalachian African Americans and their work and culture, and a founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of writers of color with Appalachian ties.