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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.

Nikky Finney

  • 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

Crystal Wilkinson

  • 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:


  • 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.