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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson


(p.539) Crystal Wilkinson
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Reared by her grandparents on their farm in the Indian Creek community of Casey County, Kentucky, Crystal Wilkinson writes fiction, poetry, and essays about the rural and small-town experiences of African Americans in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Wilkinson’s exploration of this overlooked element of the contemporary African American experience places her in a group of Kentucky artists associated with the Affrilachian Poets, of which Wilkinson was a founding member. Inspired by poet Frank X Walker’s concept of “Affrilachia,” an acknowledgment of the African American presence in and influence on Appalachia, Wilkinson and her colleagues have explored African American connections to rural and small-town places, families, and communities. Wilkinson’s work includes two volumes of short stories—...

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