Frank X Walker is a multidisciplinary artist and native of Kentucky. He is the co-founder of Affrilachian poets and the creator of the word Affrilachia (Relating to an African-American who lives in Appalachia.)
In 2003, Mr. Walker authored Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky) providing a very different view of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this collection of poems, Clark’s personal slave York, relates the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition. These fictional stories conveyed in poem weave together historic references and facts. They bring life to an overlooked historic figure who made the journey, sought freedom and a better life. Buffalo Dance was the winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award, 2004.