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 predominately Black 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.
BERNARD CLAY is a Kentucky native raised mostly in Louisville. He currently lives in Frankfort with his wife and dog where he is pursuing a MFA in poetry from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and his work has appeared in journals and other publications.
Spriggs, Bianca Lynne, and Jeremy Paden, editors. “Biographies.” Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2017, pp. 151–156.