The program is sponsored by Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian Journal, Belk Library and Information Commons/W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Department of English, Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, and Gideon Ridge Inn
Wilkinson is the 2002 recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and is a member of a Lexington-based writing collective, The Affrilachian Poets. She has presented workshops and readings throughout the country including the Sixth International Conference on the Short Story in English at the University of Iowa and the African American Women Writers Conference at the University of the District of Columbia. She is interviewed in the spring 2006 issue of Appalachian Heritage and featured in the film “Coal Black Voices.”
She is the author of two books” “Blackberries, Blackberries” (July 2000) and “Water Street” (September 2002), both published by Toby Press. In 2001 “Blackberries, Blackberries” was named Best Debut Fiction by Today’s Librarian magazine.
She has been published in the anthologies “Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes: Back Talk from an American Region” (University of Kentucky Press 1999); “Gifts From Our Grandmothers” (Crown Publishers, a Division of Random House, May 2000); “Eclipsing A Nappy New Millennium” (Purdue University, 1998); “Home and Beyond: A Half-Century of Short Stories by Kentucky Writers” (University Press of Kentucky 2001); “A Kentucky Christmas” (University Press of Kentucky 2003) and “Gumbo: Stories by Black Writers” (Doubleday, Harlem Moon Press Fall 2002).
Her work also has appeared in various literary journals including: Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Southern Exposure, The Briar Cliff Review, LIT, Calyx, African Voices, and the Indiana Review.