Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride

When Winter Come: the Ascension of York by Frank X Walker

Article in the Courier-Journal: Derby winning jockey is focus of reading project

Review in Lexington Herald Ledger: Stirring 'I Dedicate This Ride' shines spotlight on dark era

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In this new collection of poems, Frank X Walker immerses himself in the story of legendary African American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (1861-1896). The son of a slave, Murphy rose to the top of thoroughbred racing to become the most successful Jockey in America. Through poetic imagination, Walker gives us the voices of Isaac Murphy and his wife Lucy, his trainer Eli Jordan, and his parents James and America Burns. Through their words we follow Murphy's dramatic Journey to become America's most celebrated black jockey.

Hear the Affrilachian Poets read in Chicago

Casting the Dye: a Reading with the Affrilachian Poets, recorded Thursday, February 12, 2009, at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Readers include: Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Parneshia Jones, Kelly Norman Ellis, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Ellen Hagan, Frank X Walker, and Stephanie Pruitt, with a special guest reading by National Book Award nominee Patricia Smith.

Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture

Frank serves as founder and editor of Pluck! the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, a magazine whose mission is to continue extolling the Affrilachian aesthetic, “making the invisible visible.” Read Pluck!

Pluck! celebrates outstanding contemporary literature, feature images, essays and articles from voices of color from the states touched by the Appalachians (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania).

When Winter Come: the Ascension of York by Frank X Walker

When Winter Come: the Ascension of York

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University Press of Kentucky, 2008)
ISBN 978-0-8131-9184-3 • $15.00

A sequel to the award-winning Buffalo Dance, Frank X Walker's When Winter Come: The Ascension of York is a dramatic reimagining of Lewis and Clark's legendary exploration of the American West. Grounded in the history of the famous trip, Walker's vibrant account allows York — little more than a forgotten footnote in traditional narratives — to embody the full range of human ability, knowledge, emotion, and experience. Knowledge of the seasons unfolds to York "like a book," and he "can read moss, sunsets, the moon, and a mare's foaling time with a touch."

America! What's My Name? The "Other" Poets Unfurl the Flag
America! What's My Name? The "Other" Poets Unfurl the Flag (Frank X Walker, ed.)

The degree to which university professors have staked their academic lives and intellectual selves on every accented syllable of dead white men, having diagramed their “brilliant” intentions and held it up as evidence that poetry is the caviar on the literary menu, has helped carve out an elitist mystique and ruined many a promising young poet. In the pages that follow, we offer a counter argument: that poetry is bread. That it is whole grain sustenance and comes in all colors, ethnicities, sizes, genders, and sexual preferences. It is not just the leather-bound private joy of scholars, but new and naked and pouring out of the stomachs and hearts of emerging and established writers all over this country. Read more about America! What's My Name? and order the anthology today.

Frank on NPR's Morning Edition: "Creative Solutions to Life's Challenges"

March 27, 2006 • "This I Believe" on NPR

Poet Frank X Walker believes artists aren't the only creative people. He says barbers, cooks, janitors and kids enrich the world with their creativity as much as the painters, sculptors and writers. [Read the essay]

Walker awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship

The Lannan awards honor writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature. The fellowships recognize writers of distinctive literary merit who demonstrate potential for continued outstanding work. The final determination of recipients is made by the foundation’s literary committee. Walker’s award carries a cash prize of $75,000.

Lannan Foundation established its Literary Program in 1987 to support the creation of exceptional poetry and prose written originally in the English language, and to increase the audience for contemporary literature.

[Read more about the Lannan Literary Program]