UK, ARC, and CDC Announce Initiatives to Address Health Disparities in Eastern Kentucky

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Health Impact Series will discuss health challenges and announce two new UK initiatives to address them.

Exhibit Illuminates Appalachian Culture, Challenges Stereotypes

UK Special Collections is exploring the rich, diverse culture of Appalachia with its "Immigrants in the Coalfields" exhibit on display through April 4.

Kentucky's Poet Laureate Frank X Walker



Kentucky has a rich literary history, and the new Poet Laureate of the Bluegrass State, Frank X Walker, has a deep respect and knowledge of those great writers before him.

Frank’s Kentucky roots have integrally shaped his perspective as a writer and teacher. The Danville native has said "One of the things I know, having lived in other states than Kentucky, is that it means something to be a Kentucky writer."

Frank created the word “Affrilachia,” which identified the African American experience in the Appalachian region.

It was a word that allowed the invisible to become visible. He and a group of his writing friends founded the Affrilachian Poets, and an entire Affrilachian literary movement that prides itself in giving voice to previously muted and silenced people and promotes excellence in teaching, writing, art and activism.

For Frank the position of Poet Laureate is most importantly a chance to teach and educate. Frank is driven by his passion of bringing more attention to prominent African-American writers in Appalachia, both past and present.

To learn more about Poet Laureate Frank X Walker visit these sites:



UPK Book by bell hooks Wins National Poetry Award

University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author bell hooks has been named the recipient of the 2013 Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s (BCALA) Best Poetry Award for her book "Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place."

Deadline for Appalachian Research Symposium Call for Papers Is Dec. 15

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts of their work related to Appalachia for presentation at the third annual Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. The deadline for the call for papers is Dec. 15.


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