Union College to host award-winning author Crystal Wilkinson  

Crystal Wilkinson

BARBOURVILLE — Union College would like to invite the community to the upcoming event "A Reading and Conversation with Crystal Wilkinson", which will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Union College Student Center in conference rooms ABC. Hear the award-winning author read a selection of her work and join in on a discussion of her writing process.

Wilkinson has written numerous poems and published three books; "The Birds of Opulence," "Water Street," and "Blackberries, Blackberries." Known as an Affrilachian author, her writing centers around the lives of African American characters in small-town Appalachia.

"The Birds of Opulence" won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Wilkinson has been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, one of the United Kingdom’s most literary awards given to female authors around the world, as well as the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, which recognizes and honors international black authors. Wilkinson has also be recognized by The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures.

Wilkinson currently serves as Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Kentucky. She and her partner, poet and artist Ron David, own Wild Fig Books & Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky.

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