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Pluck! Poets: Ricardo Nazario y Colón, February 6th 2014

On February 6, 2014, the UK Student Activities Board hosted a reading featuring the Affrilachian Poets as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The poets, representing their publication Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, each read a selection of their work individually.

Ricardo Nazario y Colón is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a former US Marine, and an appointed member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission. In this podcast, he shares a selection of new poems based on the Greek figure Orpheus.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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Pluck! Poets: Frank X Walker, February 6th 2014

On February 6, 2014, the UK Student Activities Board hosted a reading featuring the Affrilachian Poets as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The poets, representing their publication Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, each read a selection of their work individually.

Frank X Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a professor at UK, and Kentucky's Poet Laureate. He has published six volumes of poetry, the most recent of which (Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers) won a NAACP Image Award. Here, he shares poems from a new collection he is currently working on.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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Pluck! Poets: Makalani Bandele, February 6th 2014

On February 6, 2014, the UK Student Activities Board hosted a reading featuring the Affrilachian Poets as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The poets, representing their publication Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, each read a selection of their work individually.

Makalani Bandele is an Affrilachian Poet and proud Louisville native. His work has been featured in publication all across the United States, including Pluck!, and he is currently a guest editor for Toe Good Poetry. Here, he shares a selection of new poems.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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Pluck! Poets: Joy Priest, February 6th 2014

On February 6, 2014, the UK Student Activities Board hosted a reading featuring the Affrilachian Poets as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The poets, representing their publication Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, each read a selection of their work individually.

Joy Priest is an Affrilachian Poet and UK graduate. She is copy editory for Pluck! and has had her work featured in publications all over the United States. Here, she shares all new poetry.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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Pluck! Poets: Bianca Spriggs, February 6th 2014

On February 6, 2014, the UK Student Activities Board hosted a reading featuring the Affrilachian Poets as part of a celebration of Black History Month. The poets, representing their publication Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, each read a selection of their work individually.

Bianca Spriggs is not only an Affrilachian Poet and Managing Editor for Pluck!, but also plays a part in The Lexington Tattoo Project, The SwallowTale Project, and the annual Wild Women of Poetry Slam, which she founded. Her reading featured all new material, including pieces from a stylistic collection she calls 'Reverie'.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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The Affrilachian Origins of Pluck! with Frank X Walker

English Professor and Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker introduces us to the history and origins of Affrilachia while also fast-forwarding to it’s present-day development in Kentucky’s first Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture known as Pluck!. In this podcast, Walker discusses the importance of Affrilachia in further opening the doors of Appalachia’s cultural and racial diversity and how Pluck! plays its own role in continuing this exploration. For more information about Affrilachian poets, please head to http://www.affrilachianpoets.org/.

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

 

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Kentucky's Poet Laureate Frank X Walker

 

 

Kentucky has a rich literary history, and the new Poet Laureate of the Bluegrass State, Frank X Walker, has a deep respect and knowledge of those great writers before him.

Frank’s Kentucky roots have integrally shaped his perspective as a writer and teacher. The Danville native has said "One of the things I know, having lived in other states than Kentucky, is that it means something to be a Kentucky writer."

Frank created the word “Affrilachia,” which identified the African American experience in the Appalachian region.

It was a word that allowed the invisible to become visible. He and a group of his writing friends founded the Affrilachian Poets, and an entire Affrilachian literary movement that prides itself in giving voice to previously muted and silenced people and promotes excellence in teaching, writing, art and activism.

For Frank the position of Poet Laureate is most importantly a chance to teach and educate. Frank is driven by his passion of bringing more attention to prominent African-American writers in Appalachia, both past and present.

To learn more about Poet Laureate Frank X Walker visit these sites: frankxwalker.com as.uky.edu

 

 

UK to Host 73rd Annual College Language Association Conference

The 73rd annual convention of the College Language Association (CLA) will blossom in the Bluegrass this year. Themed, "Mason-Dixon and Maginot Lines: Borders, Boundaries and Barriers in Languages and Literatures," the conference will last from April 11-13, with pre-convention events on Wednesday, April 10.
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