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Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs & Jeremy Paden

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The Affrilachian Poets are a group of writers who are not of the Caucasian race but who have a connection to Appalachia. They have formed a support family around Frank X Walker, who coined the term 25 years ago to describe people of color who have encountered Appalachia, mostly through a connection to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, not far from the Appalachian Region. Many of the contributors have achieved considerable national recognition, but those who have not also well deserve our attention. "The Affrilachian Poets continue to be a groundbreaking literary force. . . . In celebration of their decades-long collaboration, the group has published its first anthology, Black Bone."―Detroit Free Press. "Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets is a beautiful collection of both old and new work."―USA Today

Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, a 2018 reprint of a 2017 release. 158 pages with a Preface by Shauna M. Morgan. Oversized trade paperback