Frank X WalkerWebsite
Years: 2009, 2008, 2006
Multi-disciplinary artist and Kentucky native, Frank X Walker, is the co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and creator of the word Affrilachian. He is the author of five collections of poetry:Affrilachia, Black Box, Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, When Winter Come: The Ascension of York, Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride and the editor of two anthologies. He is the founding Editor and publisher of PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship and the Lillian Smith Book Award for his collection, Buffalo Dance. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Spalding University's MFA in Writing Program. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Transylvania Unversity and the University of Kentucky. Walker is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and Co-Chair of Africana Studies.