Aired: March 31, 2012

Affrilachian Poets

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 Comments on “Affrilachian Poets”

  1. Bill Edwards

    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

  2. Elliot Majerczyk

    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

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

    Elliot Majerczyk
    Associate Producer
    With Good Reason

  3. Susan Virginia Mead

    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!

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