Frank X Walker (#921)
Walker's new collection tells the story of Medgar Evers, a prominent Mississippi civil rights leader who was murdered in 1963. His killer, Byron De La Beckwith, was tried twice but freed after juries failed to reach a verdict. He remained free for 30 years until new evidence prompted a new trial. De La Beckwith was convicted in 1994, and died in prison in 2001.
The poems in Turn Me Loose take on the voices of Evers's widow, Myrlie; his brother, Charles; his assassin, Byron De La Beckwith; and each of De La Beckwith's two wives.
Walker is an associate professor in the Department of English and director of the African American and Africana studies program, both at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of five previous collections of poems, and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. A native of Danville, he lives in Lexington.
Learn more: frankxwalker.com
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