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Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

Affrilachian poet and author Crystal Wilkinson talks about her first novel, "The Birds of Opulence," that tackles the issue of mental illness and the plight of the African American female experience in the South.
Season 11 Episode 26 Length 28:01 Premiere: 4/22/16

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson doesn’t appreciate the term “crazy black woman” because of the negative stereotypes it connotes, and because her mother was institutionalized for mental illness.

In her new book, the Kentucky writer and poet explores this potentially uncomfortable territory. “The Birds of Opulence” follows multiple generations of African American women in a small southern town as they grapple with complex relationships and their own fears about going mad. Wilkinson appeared on KET’s Connections with Renee Shaw to discuss the novel, her poetry, and owning a Lexington bookstore.

“The legacy of the crazy woman’s daughter, I’ve lived with my whole life,” says Wilkinson.

Two years before she was born, Wilkinson’s mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Over a 10-year period, she was institutionalized eight different times. When Wilkinson had her own battle with depression when she was a young working mother, she wondered if she too would fall into mental illness.

But as she wrote her novel, Wilkinson says she came to forgive her mother, and recognize that her illness was something that she couldn’t control. And she began to wonder why society treats those with mental health problems differently than it does someone with cancer or diabetes. Wilkinson says she hopes her book will inform readers about mental illness and inspire them to openly discuss the issue with their own family and friends.

“It’s a novel and it’s there for your entertainment, but it’s also there for your edutainment,” Wilkinson says. “I think that it provides a platform in which we can have lots of sister circles and brother circles to talk about this.”

Rooted in a Unique Appalachian Culture
“The Birds of Opulence” is Wilkinson’s third book, and first novel. Her short story collections “Blackberries, Blackberries” and “Water Street” also explore life in small southern towns not unlike the community in Casey County, Ky., where she was raised. Growing up in a predominately white region of western Appalachia meant Wilkinson lived a life that was very different than African Americans raised in the Deep South.

“It’s not the same as the archetype of the southern black experience, and it’s certainly not the same as the archetype of the white Appalachian experience,” Wilkinson says. “It’s sort of a unique culture that’s very much still alive.”

For Wilkinson, it was a culture that was also tinged with racism. In her poem “Dear Johnny P,” Wilkinson describes returning to her hometown and encountering an old classmate who had mocked her Afro, skin color, and black pride when they were children.

You said, Remember me?
Looked me straight in the eye, my children stood behind me waiting,
Extended your hand,
You touched my hand? That same hand you feared would turn you black?
And I laughed,
Wondered if you would run home to wash it clean,
If you would check to make sure you was still white…

I stood rigid, proud, black…
I saw the half-hearted, guilt-ridden apology creeping from your eyes,
Saw some sorrow,
But I wanted to hear it.
Hear from your white mouth to my black ears, but you couldn’t, wouldn’t say it. But I know you remember, Johnny P,
Just like I do.
I know you remember
.

Wilkinson says if she were to write about that incident today, she would likely rely more on metaphor to relate the experience rather than describe it like “ripping a scab off” a wound. She says age, maturity, and writing have helped her focus on her love for her hometown family, teachers, and church without letting the racism she encountered color those memories. And Wilkinson says being a poet and a novelist play different roles in that process.

“Fiction allows me a platform in which to tell a particular truth in a particular way,” Wilkinson says. “Poetry for me is that entering [of] the wound… entering the emotion and giving you a slice of it.”

From Writing to Bookselling to Community Engagement
Wilkinson studied journalism at Eastern Kentucky University and got her MFA at Spalding University in Louisville. Along the way, she also joined with other writers of Appalachian descent to form The Affrilachian Poets, a group that celebrates the diverse cultures of the region.

She’s now an Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College and teaches at Spalding, as well as giving workshops around the country. And she and her partner Ron Davis are the proud owners of a bookstore.

“We call it the literary country store,” Wilkinson says of Wild Fig Books & Coffee in the North Limestone Street neighborhood of Lexington called NoLi. She says it’s a place where patrons can spend money, but she also wants the shop to host community discussions about important issues ranging from the state budget to LBGTQ rights.

“We wanted to do something different than other bookstores are doing, so we developed a salon series,” Wilkinson says. “So when people come, we want to have conversation about many of the hard subjects.”

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Premiered On: 11/15/2013

Renee talks with guests about recent legislation that strengthens Kentucky's human trafficking laws and provides more services to victims and other topics.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

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Delanor Manson - Kentucky Nurses Association - S17 E36

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

  • Friday June 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

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David Thompson - S12 E11

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School Safety in Kentucky - S17 E35

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

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Gun Control Advocate Whitney Austin - S17 E34

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Ben Chandler - Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky - S17 E33

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

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Season 11 Episodes

Businessman Phil Wilkins

S11 E43 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 8/19/16

Training Business Leaders

S11 E42 Length 26:21 Premiere Date 8/12/16

NBA Great Dominique Wilkins

S11 E41 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 8/5/16

DEA Agent Gary Tuggle

S11 E40 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 7/29/16

Addiction and Public Health Reform

S11 E39 Length 29:11 Premiere Date 7/22/16

Addiction and the Criminal Justice System

S11 E38 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 7/15/16

Addiction in Rural Communities

S11 E37 Length 29:26 Premiere Date 7/7/16

Addiction and Mental Health

S11 E36 Length 29:06 Premiere Date 7/1/16

Recovery Services for Inmates

S11 E35 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 6/24/16

Veterans Treatment Court

S11 E34 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 6/17/16

Opioid Epidemic in Northern Ky.

S11 E33 Length 27:21 Premiere Date 6/10/16

Treatment Models for Addiction

S11 E32 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 6/3/16

Jazz Vocalist Jessie Laine Powell

S11 E31 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 5/27/16

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

S11 E30 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5/20/16

Dr. Kishonna Gray on Gaming

S11 E29 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 5/13/16

Advocating for Victims Rights

S11 E28 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 5/6/16

Advice for Parents on Coping Techniques

S11 E27 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 4/29/16

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

S11 E26 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4/22/16

Secretary Grimes on Voting Access

S11 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4/15/16

Child Abuse and Neglect

S11 E24 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4/8/16

Overcoming Eating Disorders

S11 E21 Length 28:59 Premiere Date 2/26/16

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton

S11 E19 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 2/12/16

Remembering Georgia Davis Powers

S11 E18 Length 29:31 Premiere Date 2/5/16

Giving Students a Voice

S11 E17 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1/29/16

Addressing Youth Violence

S11 E16 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 1/22/16

Professor Wayne Lewis

S11 E15 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1/15/16

Ed. Commissioner Stephen Pruitt

S11 E14 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 1/8/16

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams

S11 E13 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 1/1/16

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

S11 E11 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 12/11/15

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis

S11 E10 Length 29:03 Premiere Date 11/20/15

Ari Berman on Voting Rights

S11 E9 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/13/15

Poet Allison Joseph

S11 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/6/15

Journalist Dorothy Gilliam

S11 E7 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10/30/15

Author Jacinda Townsend

S11 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10/9/15

Kellie Blair Hardt

S11 E5 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 10/2/15

Childhood Cancer

S11 E4 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9/25/15

Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia

S11 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9/18/15

Manny Caulk

S11 E2 Length 28:09 Premiere Date 9/11/15

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

S11 E1 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 9/3/15

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