March 31, 2019 – Alice Walker‘s latest book of poetry, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, won a 2019 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry.” The 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards Ceremony took place Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Black-ish actor Anthony Anderson hosting the live broadcast on TV One. To read more about the Image Awards and view a list of the honorees, read this post from Deadline Hollywood.
Presented in both English and Spanish, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart contains nearly 70 works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.