March 31st, 2012
Appalachia is often imagined as rural and white, but a new wave of African-American writers is challenging the notion of a single Appalachian region and culture. They call themselves Affrilachians. Joanne Gabbin is the director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. She brought Affrilachian poets from across the country to her center for readings and workshops. With Good Reason speaks with the poet who invented the word Affrilachia, Frank X Walker (University of Kentucky), and features readings from poets Hope Johnson and Crystal Good.