New Literary Journal Highlighting the Works of Blacks From Appalachia

Frank X Walker, a visiting professor of writing, rhetoric, and communications at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, has coined the word “Affrilachian.” The term refers to people of African descent who live in the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States.

Professor Walker has just launched Pluck!, a magazine dedicated to highlighting the literary works of Affrilachians. The new magazine includes fiction, poems, essays, and art, music, and theater reviews. The literary journal will be published three times a year and is available by subscription only. Subscriptions are $30 for individuals and $100 for businesses.

Professor Walker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Spaulding University. He is the author of two books of poetry and was the 2003 winner of the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for poetry which came with a $75,000 cash prize.