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Frank X Walker will discuss the educational possibilities that exist when historical poetry is employed as a tool for building a greater understanding of our past.  Through an exploration of his four historical poetry collections (Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, When Winter Come: The Ascension of York, Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate this Ride, and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers), Walker will discuss his engagement with memory, research, and imagination as a core aspect of his process, and he will share new poems from a forthcoming book about York—his fifth collection of historical poetry. 

The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region.