Frank X Walker, a Kentucky writer and a University of Kentucky English professor, has been honored by The Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing for his creativity in the classroom.
The magazine named Walker to its list of "The most creative teachers in the South" for its fall issue.
"People have a monolithic stereotype of Appalachia that is more of a caricature," Walker said in his interview with Oxford American. "They think of Boss Hogg or The Beverly Hillbillies, when, in fact, there are vibrant black cultures in the likes of Birmingham and Pittsburgh ... and great figures like Carter G. Woodson, creator of Black History Month, and playwright August Wilson. Somehow this is left out of the definition."