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Lexington writer Crystal Wilkinson named Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for March

Crystal Wilkinson of Lexington has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April.

Crystal Wilkinson is author of three award-winning books, “Blackberries, Blackberries,” “Water Street” and “The Birds of Opulence.”

Wilkinson, a poet who has written three award-winning novels, received a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship for literary arts in 1997.

“My writing is rooted in the rural experience and all its complexities, anchored in the landscape itself. I write with an eye and ear on the curative powers nature holds in black lives both historical and contemporary,” Wilkinson said. “Black Appalachians are invisible to a generation that wrongly sometimes conflates ‘black’ with ‘urban’ and ‘white’ with ‘Appalachian.’ I want readers to see us, hear us and, in the process, learn something about themselves.”

Wilkinson’s tenure as Featured Artist will include April, National Poetry Month, the celebrated birth month of American Poet Laureate and Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, who was born April 24. That day is traditionally celebrated as Kentucky Writers’ Day.

To learn more about Wilkinson, visit the arts council’s website. The featured artist’s page includes a story about Wilkinson and contact information for the artist.

From Kentucky Arts Council

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