With Good Reason

Affrilachian Poets
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.

4 Responses to “Affrilachian Poets”

  • I would like to know of the poet reciting the poem about NASCAR at the opening of your show on March 31, 2012.

    Thank you

  • Hello Bill,

    That’s Crystal Good reciting the poem about NASCAR at the opening of our show. She’s featured in the second half of the show. Her website is http://www.crystalgood.net

    Thanks for your interest in this week’s With Good Reason.

    Elliot Majerczyk
    Associate Producer
    With Good Reason

    Elliot Majerczyk
  • I use Frank X Walker’s books in 6 of my 8 classes at Ferrum College every year—and I teach sociology!! He, and the Affrilachian Poets, have inspired hundreds of my students for over a decade–both in print and in person. I highly recommend their work–for a window into Appalachian, African American, and our universal human experiences! And kudos to Joanne Gabbin & Furious Flower who always bring us the best of the best!

    Susan Virginia Mead
  • Great to hear from Joanne Gabbin! She was one of my professors at JMU and is a wonderful lady.

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