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Three Poets: On Writing, Reading, & Publishing with Students: A Writing Workshop for Alabama Teachers

Three Poets: On Writing, Reading, & Publishing with Students: A Writing Workshop for Alabama Teachers

On Friday, April 20, 2012, the day before the 7th annual Alabama Book Festival, Alabama teachers, grades 7-12, are invited to join three Book Festival authors, Randall Horton, Frank X Walker (pictured), and Patti White, for an exciting day of writing workshops free of charge at Troy University, Montgomery Campus. Courtesy of Vulcan Materials Company, the Support the Arts Car Tag, Troy University, and the Alabama Writers’ Forum, these workshops are designed to introduce teachers to new strategies for integrating creative writing into language arts and English curricula.

To register, send your name, school, and e-mail address to:, Subject line: teacher workshop. Participation by pre-registration only.


8:30 – 9 a.m.: Participant check-in at Troy University, Montgomery Campus, Bartlett Hall

9 a.m. – noon: Session I: Write with Your Students: Randall Horton & Frank X Walker

Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Complimentary lunch served. Book Festival author to read. (TO BE ANNOUNCED.)

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.: Session II: Publish with Your Students: Patti White

2:30– 3 p.m.: Following the workshops, participants will complete evaluations and receive a certificate of participation for 8 contact hours.

Randall Horton is the author of The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009), both from Main Street Rag. Randall is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and most recently a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. His creative and critical work has most recently appeared in Callaloo, Sou’wester, Caduceus 9, and The Offending Adam: A Journal of New Writing and Poetics. Horton is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets, and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. He has an MFA in Poetry from Chicago State University and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Albany. Horton is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir, Roxbury, is forthcoming by Kattywompus Press. Northwestern University Press will publish his latest poetry collection, Pitch Dark Anarchy, in Fall 2012.

Multidisciplinary artist Frank X Walker is a native of Danville, Ky., a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a Lanan fellow. He completed an MFA in Writing at Spalding University in May 2003. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry, and exhibited at over 300 national conferences and universities.

A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Walker is the editor of America! What's My Name? The "Other" Poets Unfurl the Flag (Wind Publications, 2007) and Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium. He is the author of five poetry collections: Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride (Old Cove Press, 2010), When Winter Come: The Ascension of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2008); Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005); Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award; and Affrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000), a Kentucky Public Librarians' Choice Award nominee. Learn more about Walker’s work at

Patti White, poet and director of Slash Pine Press, offers an inside look at a chapbook press and community arts program run entirely by undergraduate student interns. Slash Pine empowers students to plan and execute arts projects, using all their skills and talents to bring those projects to life in real-world contexts. Student projects include such events as Poetry Hikes and Guerilla Readings, as well as the production of chapbooks that are designed and hand-assembled by the students themselves.

A member of the English faculty at the University of Alabama, White received her PhD in English from City University of New York in 1990. She also completed an MPA at the University Of Colorado Graduate School Of Public Affairs in 1983. A collection of her poems, Tackle Box, winner of the 2001 Anhinga Prize for Poetry, was published by Anhinga Press in 2002; an award-winning festival-short film of the title poem was released in 2003 (at Her new manuscript, Chain Link Fence, is forthcoming from Anhinga Press in 2013.

Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Capitol Book and News, Book Festival bookseller.

(Photo of Frank X Walker by Tracy A. Hawkins)

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