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00:00:01 - Affrilachian poets

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Partial Transcript: --go back and, and we were talking, um, about whether the poets all lived in the area.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson describes the Affrilachian poets as more than just a writing group, but more like a family. There are some reunions to afford the opportunity to get together. The idea for the reunion came about during the creation of the documentary, "Coal Black Voices."

Keywords: Affrilachian Poets; Coal Black Voices; Documentaries

Subjects: African Americans--Appalachian Region; Documentaries; Lexington (Ky.); Wilkinson, Crystal

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:07:49 - Racism and sexism

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Partial Transcript: Why not have you talk a little bit about, um, at what point and how in your life you became aware of, uh, both racism and then sexism.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson explains how she observed the difference in the way she was treated by various groups of people. Wilkinson recalls as a very young child being racially and sexually harassed, treatment which continued on through high school. She also describes sexism at home.

Keywords: Patriarchy; Racism; Sexism

Subjects: Civil rights; Patriarchy; Race discrimination; Racism; Segregation in education; Sexism; Wilkinson, Crystal

00:16:39 - Examples of racism

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Partial Transcript: For instance, um, yesterday, I was in a room where there were--well, I'll give, two days, uh, I've been working with a group of people where there are three white women and one black woman in this group that has come into town to work on a project.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson gives examples of racism that she has experienced. She explains the feelings that racism stirs up.

Keywords: Discrimination; Integration; Racism; Segregation

Subjects: Civil rights; Race discrimination; Wilkinson, Crystal

00:22:51 - Feminism

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Partial Transcript: Would you consider or would you call yourself a feminist?

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson feels that black women's issues are different from white women's issues. Brinson and Wilkinson discuss the fact that the word "feminist" is considered by some people to be a loaded term. Wilkinson has called herself a feminist since age 17.

Keywords: Feminism; Sexism; bell hooks

Subjects: Feminism; Sexism; Wilkinson, Crystal; hooks, bell, 1952-

00:27:22 - Children

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Partial Transcript: Today is June 7th, year 2001.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson describes her children: twin girls and a son. They are all writers. Her children's fathers are not writers. Her children have all been to writers conferences, where they have met notable writers.

Keywords: Affrilachian Poets; June Jordan; Writers

Subjects: African Americans--Appalachian Region; Finney, Nikki; Hooks, bell, 1952-; Jordan, June, 1936-2002; Walker, Frank X., 1961-; Wilkinson, Crystal; Writers

00:34:50 - Kentucky Women Writers Conference

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Partial Transcript: I want to ask you about, um, some of the programs that you've been affiliated with and the Women Writers Conference is a good one to start with.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson describes her involvement with the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She was already working with the Affrilachian poets. These experiences, coupled with meetings of the women poets, which Wilkinson calls "sister circles," helped her to feel like a real writer.

Keywords: Affrilachians; Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Subjects: African Americans--Appalachian Region; Wilkinson, Crystal

00:41:11 - Conference committee

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Partial Transcript: Well, how long, approximately, have you been involved, actually, with the Women Writers Conference?

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson became involved with the advisory committee of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Wilkinson's part was related to her experience in public relations.

Keywords: Kentucky Women Writers Conference; Public relations; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Public relations; University of Kentucky; Wilkinson, Crystal

00:44:49 - Carnegie Center

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Partial Transcript: Well, tell me, then, about the Carnegie Center, and how you first became involved here.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson explains how she got involved with the Carnegie Center. She oversees the writing mentor program and handles the public relations for the Carnegie Center.

Keywords: Carnegie Center; Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Frank X Walker

Subjects: Walker, Frank X., 1961-; Wilkinson, Crystal

00:57:31 - Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium

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Partial Transcript: --Bluegrass Arts Associates.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson explains the formation of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, which sponsored readings and art exhibits. Wilkinson discusses the difficulties that the arts consortium had with funding and finding workers.

Keywords: Bluegrass Arts Associates; Carnegie Center; Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Frank X Walker

Subjects: Brinson, Betsy; Oral history; Walker, Frank X., 1961-; Wilkinson, Crystal

01:07:07 - Graduate school

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Partial Transcript: Um, you mentioned going to graduate school?

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson discusses her application to Spalding University's MFA program.

Keywords: Carnegie Center; Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Sena Naslund; Spalding University

Subjects: Naslund, Sena Jeter; Spalding University; Wilkinson, Crystal

01:09:27 - Governor's School for the Arts

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Partial Transcript: There's, uh, one other: the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson discusses the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and how she came to be part of it. This program offers children the opportunity to work in an artistic community.

Keywords: Carnegie Center; Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Frank X Walker; Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts

Subjects: Kentucky Center for the Arts; Walker, Frank X., 1961-; Wilkinson, Crystal

01:17:42 - Books in process

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Partial Transcript: Why are you leaving?

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson explains her need for time to work on projects and time to spend with her family.

Keywords: Carnegie Center; Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Subjects: Wilkinson, Crystal

01:19:48 - More on Affrilachian poets

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Partial Transcript: Well, I said this was the last group by mistake but of course the one I really want to ask you about...

Segment Synopsis: Wilkinson discusses the origins of the Affrilachian Poets. She found that this group of poets allowed her to feel accepted. Not all of the Affrilachian poets are people of color.

Keywords: Affrilachians; Carnegie Center; Frank X Walker; Ricardo Colon

Subjects: African Americans--Appalachian Region; Nazario y ColoĢn, Ricardo, 1967-; Walker, Frank X., 1961-; Wilkinson, Crystal