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Crystal Wilkinson, poet (#422)

The author of two collections of short stories and a novel in progress, Wilkinson is also a teacher and the writer in residence at Morehead State University. She discusses her transition from full-time writer to teacher, her early morning writing regiment and Blackberries, Blackberries, her first collection of stories.

Wilkinson talks about growing up on a farm in Casey County, where her connection with nature, a recurring theme in her work, began. Wilkinson’s family was the only black family in the area during her childhood, and she discusses her mixed feelings about her upbringing, her tight-knit family and their dependence on the land as tobacco farmers.

Wilkinson also delves into her inspiration as a writer, how she creates characters and her experience as a member of the Affrilachian poets, a collective of African-American Kentucky poets.

Air Dates

Friday, February 6, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET