Links and Resources
Affrilachian Poets Links
- Read about the history of the Affrilachian Poets group and learn about other writers included in it at the Affrilachian Poets web site.
- Affrilachian poets with web sites include Frank X Walker and Crystal Wilkinson.
- With the formation of the Affrilachian Poets, a new word was coined. Word Spy defines the term and discusses its origins.
Affrilachian Poets on bookclub@ket
Books by several of the Affrilachian Poets have been featured on bookclub@ket. Visit the site for discussions of the books streamed online along with a variety of other features.
- The page for Rice includes an interview with the author as well as an excerpt from a reading from the KET production In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion.
- Finney’s book The World Is Round was featured in the 2005 Poetry Special.
Frank X Walker
- The page for Walker’s first book of poetry, Affrilachia, includes streaming video of an interview with the author.
- His book Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York was also featured in the 2005 Poetry Special.
- Walker was also one of the writers who discussed the legacy of James Still in a special bookclub tribute to the late writer. The site includes a video reading of “Kentucke” by Walker.
- Visit the Blackberries, Blackberries page for a video interview with the author.
- The Water Street page includes a link to the Utne Reader discussion of the short story collection.
- Like Frank X Walker, Wilkinson says she was influenced by James Still and is featured in the special bookclub presentation James Still’s Legacy.
Visit the bookclub@ket site to learn about books by these other African-American writers from Kentucky:
Other bookclub@ket books of interest:
- Passing for Black by Wade Hall
- Ultima Thule by Davis McCombs (This book also has a connection to another work featured on Kentucky Muse: Elizabeth Orndorff’s play Death by Darkness, spotlighted in Murder, They Wrote.)
- Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund
- Evil Necessity: Slavery and Political Culture in Antebellum Kentucky by Harold D. Tallant
- Modern Medea by Steven Weisenburger
- PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is published three times yearly. The second issue, published in 2007, included several articles; a short story by Crystal Wilkinson; and poems by Samantha Ragland, Adrian Matejka, and others, including excerpts from Ringing Ear Review. To subscribe, contact PLUCK!, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 14057, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0057.
- The University Press of Kentucky catalog includes a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction titles under the heading African American Studies.