Old Cove Press

P.O. Box 22886, Lexington, KY 40522
859.266.6374 Fax: 859.422.4971


Old Cove Press is pleased to announce that Frank X Walker’s new collection of poems Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride will be used as one of the books in the statewide Isaac Murphy Everybody Reads Project (IMERP). Old Cove will provide a resource hub for the project. Here you will find support materials and age appropriate study guides, discussion questions and thematic materials.

Project Background

The Isaac Murphy: Everybody Reads Project was designed in cooperation with the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences and a group of educators from around the state as a statewide literacy project to coincide with the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Frank X Walker’s new collection of poetry, Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride (Old Cove Press 2010) and Patsi Trollinger’s children’s book, Perfect Timing (Viking), both of which are about the famous African American jockey, Isaac Murphy will be the two books used in the reading project.

The Lexington Children’s Theater will also mount a theatrical production of the Isaac Murphy story adapted from Walker’s book of poems as part of its fall season, September 26 through October 3 and will present an excerpt from the play and distribute group ticket information at the launch.

Unlike most reading projects centered around a single book, this two-book project is not only designed to promote literacy, it seeks to engage entire families, appeal to a broader audience and to engender intergenerational multi-racial dialogue, conversation and enthusiasm around reading and the exploration of Kentucky’s rich history. 

Everybody Reads RESOURCES

Lesson Plans

High School

Lesson Plans & CCSS: Prepared by Phyllis Schlich, English Teacher, Tates Creek High School, Lexington

Middle School

Prepared by Willow Hambrick, Educator, Literacy Coach and Writing Coordinator, Royal Spring Middle School

Poetry Analysis Template
The Persona Poem: Definition and Writing Tasks
The Poem as Craft
Response to Frank X Walker's Persona Poems

Educational Vision: PowerPoint Presentation  

Elementary School 

Prepared by Patsi Trollinger, Author of "Perfect Timing"

Educator's Kit

Writing Prompts & Discussion Topics


Expressing Events Through Music and Poetry: Prepared by Latishia Sparks, BCMS/BCHS Gifted Education. Appropriate for High School and Middle School Grade Levels


Faith-based Discussion Questions: Prepared by Pastor Larry Weathers, Empowerment Worship Centers

Representative Student Persona Poems

Little Miss Sureshot: An Allusion to Annie Oakley: 7th grade Language Arts Student, Royal Spring Middle School

Betsy Ross: Kayla Ritchie, 7th grade Language Arts student, Royal Spring Middle School

Promotional Graphics: Designs by Nyoka Hawkins

Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride - 8 1/2 x 11  color poster

Frank X Walker Poems - 8 1/2 x 11 full-color poster

Isaac Murphy/Frank X Walker: Bi-Fold Brochure Instructions

Book Cover Art: Low-resolution, 96 dpi

Book Cover Art: High-resolution, 300 dpi, appropriate for printed material.

Links & Multimedia

Frank X Walker: Author Site

Patsi B. Trollinger: Author Site

Fishousepoems.org: this site features audio files of Frank X Walker reading from his work as well as Q&A clips and speaking on various topics. Wonderful audio resource for education.

IMERP on Old Cove's Facebook Page: another source for resource materials and a channel for IMERP communication.

Video: Isaac Murphy History: YouTube video posted by The Legacy Center


Please click the link below to order

Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride,

Poems by Frank X Walker.

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