The Affrilachian Poets read as part of the Shape of Words Exhibit in the Morlan Gallery

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a member of the creative writing faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. A Cave Canem Fellow and cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, his poetry which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, appears in Callaloo and the anthologies Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press). A native of Louisville, KY, he resides in Indianapolis.
Asha Frrench  is a native of Louisville, KY, a graduate of Howard University, and an MFA candidate at Indiana University. She has been published in Warpland, Louisville Magazine, and BlackGrooves online magazine. She was a finalist for the 2006 Hurston-Wright college writer's award. She is currently at work on a novel, Folding, and a collection of poetry.
Jude McPherson is native of Lexington and a member of the Affrilachian Poets.
Parneshia Jones is a Chicago writer and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. She
has been published in several anthologies including: Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas and Limestone. She has an MFA from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and is currently working on her first poetry collection, Compasses and Juke Joints.
Hao Wang was born in Fuzhou, China. He moved with his family to Kentucky in 1991—and still considers the Bluegrass a vital part of his identity, despite brief stays in Portland, Oregon, and Philadelphia. A member of the Affrilachian Poets, he currently studies at the University of Pennsylvania—among other things—international business, French, mathematics.
Nikky Finney is the author of three books of poetry, On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, which won a PEN America Open Book Award, and The World is Round. She also the author of Heartwood, a collection of short stories, and is working on a novel. She has been published in several anthologies and was the scriptwriter for the documentary "For Posterity's Sake," the story of Harlem photographers Morgan and Marvin Smith. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.

Frank X Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem Fellow. He is the author of three books of poetry (Affrilachia , Buffalo Dance the Journey of York and Black Box) and the publisher and editor of PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He won a 2005 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. He currently serves as Visiting Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Communications at Transylvania University.