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These are some of my favorite black words from Kentucky. Someone asked me once, "Are there blacks in Kentucky?" There are many black writers who are living and have lived in Kentucky. We are from small towns, up hollers, the projects, and across knobs. We are all over the Bluegrass scattered like milk thistle seeds in the wind...Read a Black Kentucky writer and find something new...find your kin...find yourself, then email me back and let me know how you liked your journey
My books are new on the scene. If I can become anywhere near as good as Gayl Jones, Kentucky's finest fiction writer, then I will have achieved something Water Streetand Blackberries, Blackberries Frank Walker's poetry will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think long and hard about life. Affrilachia: Poems by Frank X WalkerNikky Finney Poetess Extraordinnarie. Her work sings of past, present and future. Every poem chills you to the bone and then warms your heart. Riceand Heartwood (New Books for New Readers) Also look for her new book The World Is Round. Gayl Jones is a master of the craft of fiction and I mean MASTER...She also writes poetry and scholarly work. She is so underappreciated!!! If you have never heard of her then you should be ashamed..Redeem yourself and buy her books now!!! I'm serious read The Healing (Bluestreak), Corregidora, Eva's Man (Bluestreak), Mosquito (Bluestreak), and Song for AnnihoAlso find Xarque and Other Poems, Hermit Woman,White Rat: Short Stories, and Liberating Voices by Gayl Jones...bell hooks is another Kentucky native who is a writing powerhouse Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Blackbell hooks has more titles than you can shake a stick at Bone Black: Memories of Girlhoodand Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recoveryand so, so many others!!!Enjoy!!
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