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Frank X. Walker Returns to Berea

On October 2, 2005, Frank X. Walker returned to the Berea community to present poems from his most recent work, “Buffalo Dance, The Journey of York” at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Frank X. Walker

Walker is a Kentucky native and attended Spalding University, where he earned his master’s degree in writing. Since then, he has authored many articles and books and has presented his work at over 250 national conferences and universities. Walker hopes to use his work to educate, imparting that people of color were vital to the past and to the present state of Appalachia. Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets and he is the author of Affrilachia, a collection of poems. After serving five years as a creative writing instructor, Walker was appointed the executive director of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts. He also currently serves as Vice President of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Buffalo Dance details the life and adventures of York, a slave owned by William Clark. York makes tremendous contributions as an accompaniment to the Corps of Discovery on the historical Lewis and Clark expedition. Walker is noted for bringing a unique perspective to the black experience, as much of the history of African American slaves have been lost over time.

If you missed Walker’s most recent presentation, never fear; Walker has more dates scheduled in Berea soon. You can catch him November 1, 2005 as he leads a workshop and a poetry reading. He will also return in February 2006 for a book signing at the Boone Tavern.

For more information on publications and tour dates, visit Walker’s website by clicking the link below.  

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