Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and Message Theater. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, and a professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies program at UK. His book, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for best poetry collection. His latest work is The Affrilachian Sonnets (Larkspur Press). Photo by Patrick Mitchell.