One might think Cynthiana and Harrison County are a bit off the beaten path for a nationally recognized innovator and leader who is responsible for a brand new movement in this country.
We might be off the beaten path, but Frank X Walker, founder of the nationally recognized, Affrilachian Movement is coming to town. Through his hard work and networking skills, he has brought a strong spotlight to poetry excellence for Appalachian sources and most particularly as created by African American artists.
Far from this being a regionalized movement, the spirit of Affrilachia has spread across this country and into foreign countries as well. He works tirelessly as a teaching artist to carry out his commitment to the identification and development of the next generation of writers and artists. In this role, he has agreed to be at the Licking Valley Writer’s Workshop.
His class, called for purposes of identification, ‘Special Poetry,’ will have heavy emphasis on powerful voices. His own voice echoes with strong overtones of empowering, engaging and enjoying life. Approachable and understandable are also good ways to describe his work which appears regularly in such publications and venues as NPR, University Press of Kentucky, Appalachian Journal, Ace Weekly, Wind Publications and many more.
His most recent publication is ‘When Winter Comes, The Ascension of York’ - a continuation of the poetic story of York, who traveled with Lewis and Clark in their westward trek. This book, ‘Buffalo Dance, The Journey of York,’ generated great waves of admiration for the power and insight into the life of a historical figure, long overlooked.
Frank X Walker will be signing his works at the Licking Valley Book Signing and Dinner, to be held at the Prizing House, Sept. 18. The signing will last from 4-6 p.m. and immediately following will be the music by ‘Rusted Clay’ and an address by Poet Laureate, Gurney Norman.
Tickets for the dinner cost $10 and are on sale at the college and at Teabeary on Pike Street. The book signing is free to the public.