Poetry as Empowerment Reading

Subject: Poetry as Empowerment” reading set at ASFA  on Sept.9
Reply-To: clittle@asfa.k12.al.us

Award-winning poets Frank X Walker, Randall Horton and Derrick Harriell will meet with ASFA creative writing students and faculty, and give a free, open to the public reading on September 9 at 7:00  p.m. in the ASFA Creative Writing Lecture Hall. The program precedes the City of Birmingham’s designated “Empowerment Week”, which is part of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement. The event is a collaboration between the Alabama School of Fine Arts Department of Creative Writing and the Alabama Writers’ Forum.


2013-2014 Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky and the founding editor of PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. A Cave Canem

Fellow and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the author of six collections of poetry including the recent Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, (University of Georgia Press.) Voted one of the most creative professors in the south, he is the originator of the word, Affrilachian, and is dedicated to deconstructing and forcing a new definition of what it means to be Appalachian. The Lannan Poetry Fellowship Award recipient has degrees from the University of Kentucky and Spalding University as well as two honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. 


Randall Horton, born and raised in Birmingham, Al is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury is published by Kattywompus Press. Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press in the publisher of his latest poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy. He currently lives in New York City.


Derrick Harriell holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is an assistant professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell’s poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2010) is his first collection of poems. His follow up collection, Ropes (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2013), is forthcoming.


ASFA is located in downtown Birmingham’s cultural arts district at 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Boulevard.

For more information about the Alabama School of Fine Arts, please visit the school’s website at www.asfa.k12.al.us

For more information about the performance, call Stuart Flynn at 205.252.9241 or email sflynn@asfa.k12.al.us.



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