From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Walker, Frank X

(born: 1961) 

Frank X Walker was born in Danville, KY. He is a visual artist, poet, author, educator, and motivator. Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, editor of Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium, and author of Affrilachia and Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York. He has given over 250 poetry readings, including readings at the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland, and in Santiago, Cuba. He has received many awards, appeared on television and been heard on the radio; he was the first writer from Kentucky to be featured on NPR's This I Believe. [Additional books by Frank X Waker are listed at the bottom of this entry.]

Walker was director of the Kentucky Governor's School for the ARTS, 1998-2004, leaving that position to become an English professor at Eastern Kentucky University. He has also been a visiting professor at Transylvania University. His teaching experience includes writing workshops at various locations and writing classes at the university level, including the University of Louisville and the University of Minnesota. Walker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Spalding University, and he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the University of Kentucky and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Transylvania University.

In 2010, Frank X. Walker joined the University of Kentucky Department of English, and in 2011 he was named director of both the African American Studies & Research and the Africana Studies Programs at UK. In 2013, Frank X Walker was named Kentucky Poet Laureate [source: M. Meehan,"Lexington writer Frank X Walker named Kentucky poet laureate," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/15/2013, p.A3]. At the age of 51, he is the youngest to be named the state's poet laureate and he is also the first African American to receive the honor. For more see Frank X. Walker website; and The Columbia Granger's Index to African-American Poetry, by N. Frankovich and D. Larzelere.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Eclipsing a nappy new millennium : an anthology of contemporary midwestern poetry, including Kelly Norman Ellis, Nikky Finney, Eugene B. Redmond
NKAA Source: Affrilachia : poems
NKAA Source: Buffalo dance : the journey of York
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Columbia Granger's index to African-American poetry
NKAA Source: Isaac Murphy : I dedicate this ride
NKAA Source: Black box
NKAA Source: Turn me loose : the unghosting of Medgar Evers
NKAA Source: About flight
NKAA Source: Masked man, black : pandemic & protest poems
NKAA Source: Last will, last testament

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NKAA Entry:  York
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NKAA Entry:  "My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight"
NKAA Entry:  Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture
NKAA Entry:  African American Comic Book and Action Figure Hero Collection [Frank X Walker]
NKAA Entry:  Appalachian Counties in Kentucky

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“Walker, Frank X,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 30, 2021,

Last modified: 2021-04-18 21:12:13