Jerald Walker

associate professor, creative writing, Emerson College

Jerald Walker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Emerson College. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, The Missouri Review, and The Iowa Review, among others.

His new book, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, diagrams his life – growing up with his parents, both of whom were blind and members of a religious cult, and six siblings in a Chicago housing project, his history with drug addiction, and his struggle against racism when he returned to school as a young adult. Robert Atwan calls Street Shadows, “a daring, evocative, and unflinchingly honest memoir by an extraordinary writer with an extraordinary story to tell.”

Jerald Walker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Emerson College. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, The Missouri Review, and The Iowa Review, among others.

His new book, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, diagrams his life – growing up with his parents, both of whom were blind and members of a religious cult, and six siblings in a Chicago housing project, his history with drug addiction, and his struggle against racism when he returned to school as a young adult. Robert Atwan calls Street Shadows, “a daring, evocative, and unflinchingly honest memoir by an extraordinary writer with an extraordinary story to tell.”

Website
www.randomhouse.com

Books
Lectures

10.26.2010 (1:04:54)

Best American Essays 2010