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Affrilachian Poets speak at Appalachian Nov. 1

BOONE—Frank X. Walker and Nikky Finney, founding members of the Affrilachian Poets, will speak at Appalachian State University on Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room, Plemmons Student Union as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

The Affrilachian Poets are a small group of young black writers in Kentucky.

Walker coined the term “Affrilachian” after reading the definition of Appalachian as “white residents of mountainous regions” in a dictionary.

Walker, Finney and other African-American writers began calling themselves the Affrilachian Poets in 1992.

Walker’s first book of poetry, “Affrilachia,” was published in 2000 and is a collection of his poems written over the last 10 years.

The Danville, Ky., native is now the director of the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts.

He is also published in journals and anthologies such as Spirit and Flame.

Finney has published “Rice” and “On Wings Made of Gauze,” both collections of poetry.

Finney was born in Conway, S.C., and now lives in Lexington, Ky.

She teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Finney also wrote the script for the PBS documentary “For Posterity’s Sake, The Story of Harlem Photographers Morgan and Marvin Smith.”

The Visiting Writers Series is made possible with funding and support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Summer Reading Program, Office of Cultural Affairs, Office of Career Development, The Appalachian Journal, and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors The High Country Writers and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

Call Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871, Lynn Doyle at 262-2979, or Joseph Bathanti at 262-3098 for more information about readings, sponsorship, scholarship competitions, or attendance at additional sessions with the visiting writers.

Parking lots closest to the Plemmons Student Union are near the intersection of College and Howard Streets, behind Whitener Hall, and through the opened gate. Also suggested is the lot across from the Presbyterian Church, behind the University Post Office. For daytime guest parking for events before 5 p.m., call the traffic office at (828) 262-2878.