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Biography Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1944. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), Horses Make the Landscape More Beautiful (1984), and A Poem Traveled Down my Arm: Poems and Drawings (2003). Her many other books include novels, short story collections, and children’s books. Her work has been translated into over two dozen languages. Walker was the first African-American woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which she received for The Color Purple (1982); the novel also received the National Book Award and was made into a 1985 film by Steven Spielberg as well as a 2005 Broadway musical play. Her other honors include the Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Alice Walker currently lives in Mendocino, California.

Audio Recordings of Alice Walker

  • Alice Walker reading her poems in the Whittall Pavilion, Feb. 13, 1979

Selected Works at the Library of Congress