Mrs. Merrell Gross
12 April 2011
Everyone has a story, as some choose to keep their lives private, others choose to put theirs on paper for hundreds to read. A popular form of self-expression, as well as telling ones story is poetry. With more than enough authors publishing their poetry, one has to really stand out to become an award-winning poet. Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and Frank X. Walker are both poets who hold multiple awards for their literature. Although they both may be recognized for their immaculate and symbolic writing skills, these two are far from identical writers. Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and Frank X. Walker might share the same award, but their way of writing proves correct that they are two completely different people with two very different stories.
Frank X. Walker, an author, educator, and Affrilachian poet, is a native of Danville, Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He later received an MFA in writing at Spalding University. Needless to say, writing being his passion was what he would spend the rest of his life doing, telling his and others stories in many poems published worldwide. “Statues of Liberty” was his first poem that was later published in his first book Affrilachia, this book being his ticket to success, opening many doors for Frank. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry, and exhibited at over three hundred national conferences and universities around the country. He is the founding member of the Affrilachian Poets as well as the editor of many Agin2
poetry books, the founder and executive director of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, and an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky. There is no doubt that Frank X. Walker is an extraordinary and respected poet who has received many awards. In 2006 Frank was awarded the Thomas D. Clark Literary Award for Excellence, Actors Theatre’s Keeper of the Chronicle...