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Poet Frank X Walker Speaks at Convocation

Williamsburg, Ky. - On Wednesday, October 19, poet and published author Frank X Walker lead the convocation ceremony with readings from his books "Buffalo Dance" and "Affrilachia." Walker, a native of Danville, Ky., writes poetic verses reflecting daily lives and values during the slavery era. One aspect of his focus as a poet is to incorporate the importance of strong family ties into his themes. Walker identifies himself as a teaching artist; with a goal to focus on social justice issues surrounding family, identity and place.

Walker completed his MFA in writing at Spalding University and has lectured and conducted workshops to over 250 national conferences and universities. He is the founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group that centers their poetry on the lives of African Americans in the Appalachian region. Currently, Walker serves as assistant professor of English and interim director of the African/African American studies program at Eastern Kentucky University and resides in Richmond, Ky.