Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets


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University Press of Kentucky
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8.0 X 8.0 X 0.44 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Bianca Lynne Spriggs is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and assistant professor of English at Ohio University. She is the recipient of a Kentucky Arts Council 2013 Al Smith Individual Arts Fellowship in Poetry, as well as a recipient of multiple artist enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Spriggs is the author or coeditor of a number of books, including Kaffir Lily, Call Her by Her Name, and The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor.

Jeremy Paden is an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at Transylvania University. His poems have appeared in such places as the Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cortland Review, Louisville Review, Naugatuck River Review, pluck! and Rattle, among others. He is the author of two collections of poems, Broken Tulips and ruina montium.


" Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets is a beautiful collection of both old and new work." -- USA Today

"The Affrilachian Poets continue to be a groundbreaking literary force.... In celebration of their decades-long collaboration, the group has published its first anthology, Black Bone." -- Detroit Free Press

" Black Bone is a testament to the work of this trailblazing group which has created a poetic revolution by demanding recognition and promoting racial justice through dynamic and impact writing." -- Mid-South Tribune

"Regardless of your race, color, or creed, Black Bone will enrich your appreciation of poetry and the almost defunct art of essay writing. [It] opens up a world of gifted, unpredictable, illusive mind-snatching poets. I love this work, and it will remain a collection I shall return to time and time." -- The Mid-South Tribune

"Spriggs and Paden serve as apt coeditors of Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, due not only to their affiliation with the group, but also because of their commitment to celebrating the power of words through their respective academic fields in English and Spanish/Latin American literature. [They] highlight the evolving nature of the poets' work in the region and beyond.

The poems stake a claim to land, culture, and people, while exhibiting lived social binaries like the beautiful and the ugly, the courageous and the fearful." -- Journal of Appalachian Studies

"After years of growth, honors, and accomplishments, the group is acknowledging its silver anniversary. The book is a beautiful collection of both new and classic work and features submissions from Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Gerald Coleman, Crystal Wilkinson, Kelly Norman Ellis, and many others. The illuminating and powerful collection is a testament to this groundbreaking group." -- Kentucky Alumni