“I want to remind them that books are important, developing and using their creativity is important. Everybody is creative, they just need the tools to harness and control their creativity,” Walker said, in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“I grew up in the projects so I want to tell them, ‘Your circumstance is not an excuse.’ If you commit to something, if you work hard and have discipline, you can accomplish anything.” Walker, 51, is also the youngest poet laureate in the state’s history.
As Kentucky’s poet laureate, Walker will be an advocate of the literary arts and will actively participate in readings at meetings, seminars and conferences throughout Kentucky over the next year.
His sixth full collection of poetry, “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” is due to be released this spring from the University of Georgia Press.
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