Dismantling racism is the goal of a group of poets in Appalachia. Established in 1991, the Affrilachian Poets are committed to challenging stereotypical notions and definitions of Appalachia. Members of the group will be on campus Nov. 4–5. The Asian American Studies Program and the Arts and Humanities Council present a three-event public program with and about the Affrilachian Poets, a collective of diverse writers whose work generally centers on family, identity, place, social justice, and history.
The public events include a film screening of "Coal Black Voices," a poetry reading, and a panel discussion with members of the collective. Additionally, poet and professor Frank X Walker will offer a creative writing masterclass.
"The Affrilachian Poets match this year’s theme of identity and identification perfectly; the collective was established to affirm the identities and voices of historically overlooked and diverse populations in the Appalachian region," said Lisa Kwong, adjunct lecturer and program organizer. "Founder and Professor Frank X Walker conceived this event as a multi-part series to showcase the dynamic past, present, and future of our poetry family."