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Transylvania University Judy Gaines Young Book Award: Awarded in 2020
The Judy Gaines Young Book Award is annually presented by Transylvania University to the author of a book of distinction from the Appalachian region.
In his latest collection, Last Will, Last Testament, Frank X Walker turns the same unflinching gaze he's committed to historic figures now towards his own lineage. As these poems bear witness in real time to his father's last breaths even as his new son takes his first, Walker serves again as the linchpin between generations. Ever a master distiller of the heart, Walker presents us with, arguably, his most complex elixir to date, best imbibed with no chaser. -- Bianca Lynne Spriggs