English Lit

Appearance Date: 11/6/2021

Autobiographical poetry from one of Kentucky’s rising Affrilachian literary stars. Bernard Clay’s autobiographical poetry debut, English Lit, juxtaposes the roots of Black male identity against an urban and rural Kentucky landscape. Hailed as one of the most authentic voices of his generation, Clay artfully renders coming-of-age in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Balancing the spirited grit of a farmer and the careful lyricism of a poet, English Lit is a triumph of new Affrilachian—African American and Appalachian—literature.

Meet the Author

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Bernard Clay

Bernard Clay was born in the shadow of the now demolished Southwick housing projects in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. He spent most of his childhood and high-school years in Louisville, living for brief periods in Georgia and Indiana. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky in 2017 and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. He currently lives on a farm in eastern Kentucky with his wife Lauren. English Lit is his first book.

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