Frank X Walker

University of Kentucky professor and poet Frank X Walker is “calling all creatives” to join together Saturday in his hometown Danville for a “call to action” forum.

Kentucky's new poet laureate being inducted today in Frankfort as the state recognizes Kentucky Writers' Day.

Frank X. Walker and several of the state's past poet laureates will conduct poetry readings at the ceremony in the Capitol.

Walker is a Danville native who is known for coining the term "Affrilachia" to describe black culture in the multi-state Appalachian region. The Kentucky Arts Council says Walker at age 51 is both the youngest person to be named poet laureate in Kentucky and the first African-American.

Lexington author and University of Kentucky professor Frank X Walker will become Kentucky’s next poet laureate. The Danville native will be formally inducted on Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24th.

Frank X Walker reflects on the human condition in imagining historical characters’ voices from a black perspective. Walker is associate professor, Department of English, Co-Chair, Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. He visits Murray State for a presentation of his works Thursday, November 1 for the Creative Writing Reading Series.