Renee Shaw welcomes Kentucky’s Poet Laureate on Connections
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Renee sits down with Kentucky writer Frank X Walker on Connections on Friday, April 4 at 5/4 pm on KET2 and Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 pm/12:30 pm on KET. You can also watch the entire program online!
Walker’s new collection, Turn Me Loose, tells the story of Medgar Evers, the prominent Mississippi civil rights leader who was murdered in 1963. His killer, Byron De La Beckwith, was tried twice but freed after juries failed to reach a verdict. He remained free for 30 years until new evidence prompted a new trial. De La Beckwith was convicted in 1994 and died in prison in 2001. The poems in Turn Me Loose take on the voices of Evers’s widow, Myrlie; his brother, Charles; his assassin, Byron De La Beckwith; and each of De La Beckwith’s two wives.
Walker was recently awarded the NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, and he is also poet laureate of Kentucky. An associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky, he is also the director of the African American and Africana studies program. He is the author of five previous collections of poems and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets.