Crystal Wilkinson, recipient of the 2018 Clinton and Mary Opal Moore Appalachian Writer’s Residency, will read from her work on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.
Wilkinson is an award-winning writer and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a literary collective that represents the multicultural reality of the Appalachian region. She was born in Ohio, reared in the Indian Creek area of Casey County, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Spalding University’s MFA Program. Wilkinson’s 2016 novel, "The Birds of Opulence," won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature and the Judy Gaines Young Book Award. Wilkinson’s other works include the story collections "Blackberries, Blackberries," winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature, and "Water Street," a finalist for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the recipient of the Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Together, Wilkinson and Ron Davis own The Wild Fig bookstore in Lexington, Kentucky. In fall 2018, Wilkinson will join the faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Kentucky.
Friday, 06 July, 2018
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