F176. Blacklandia: Claiming Our Stories and Spaces

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What does it mean to be a Black poet residing in a region characterized as having a homogeneous non-Black population? In 1991, Frank X Walker coined the term Affrilachia to highlight the multicultural spectrum of the Appalachian region and challenge its constructed identity. This reading seeks to honor this legacy by extending it to its natural progression, as Black Poets present work that explores the relationship between poet and categorized non-Black spaces.


Frank X Walker is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Editor of PLUCK!. The author of nine collections of poetry and a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, he is professor of English and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky.

Christopher Rose is a Cave Canem fellow and he serves as department chair for the English department at the Cascade campus of Portland Community College.

Jonterri Gadson is the author of Blues Triumphant. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, University of Dayton, and University of Virginia. She was selected for the 2016 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop. She is the assistant professor of creative writing at Bloomfield College.

Catherine Ntube is a poet and educator currently pursuing an MFA at the University of South Carolina. She is a Cave Canem and Watering Hole fellow.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside