Centre College will host an Affrilachian Poetry Celebration and Workshop featuring Bernard Clay, Danni Quintos, Frank X Walker and Keith S. Wilson on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater.
Members of the campus community will also have an opportunity to write and work alongside the poets as part of a workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Evans-Lively room in Old Carnegie. No experience is necessary and a light breakfast will be served. To participate, please email Carrie Frey.
Three of the poets will host separate workshops to discuss their work, including “Relative Place,” with Clay; “Let me Handle My Business, Damn,” with Quintos; “#YouToo,” with Walker.
Clay recently received an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Kentucky and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies. He currently resides in Kentucky.
Born and raised in the commonwealth, Quintos received her M.F.A in poetry from Indiana University, where she taught creative writing and served as an associate poetry editor for Indiana Review. Her poems have appeared in Day One, pluck!, Anthropoid, Rabbit Catastrophe Review and Best New Poets, among other publications. She is also the author of “PYTHON.” Quintos is currently the chapbook series editor for Rabbit Catastrophe Press.
Walker, a Danville native and former Kentucky Poet Laureate, created the term “Affrilachia,” which refers to the region of Appalachia and embraces a multicultural influence, defying the stereotypes of a racially homogenous area.
A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the editor of “American! What’s My Name? The ‘Other’ Poets Unfurl the Flag,” and the author of four poetry collections. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at over 300 national conferences and universities.
Walker has also served as founder and executive director of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, the program coordinator of the University of Kentucky’s King Cultural Center, and the assistant director of Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center.
Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem Fellow and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He serves as assistant poetry editor at Four Way Review and digital media editor at Obsidian Journal. Wilson’s first book, “Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love,” will be published by Copper Canyon in 2019.
IF YOU GO
Affrilachian Poetry Celebration & Workshop
Readings featuring Bernard Clay, Danni Quintos, Frank X Walker and Keith S. Wilson
Friday, April 12 • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Vahlkamp Theater, Crounse Hall
Workshops featuring Bernard Clay, Danni Quints and Frank X Walker
Saturday, April 13 • 10:30 a.m. to noon
Evans-Lively Room, Old Carnegie
by Centre College News
April 9, 2019