About Alice Walker 75 (AW75)

To celebrate the occasion of Alice Walker’s 75th birthday, the Georgia Writers Museum will host a day’s worth of activities and events to honor the Eatonton native’s life and achievements on July 13, 2019. Walker will attend the festivities, which will culminate with her taking the stage of The Plaza Arts Center for a candid conversation with Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker’s forthcoming journals and author of the award-winning biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.

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About Alice Walker

About Alice Walker


Gumbs, Alexis Pauline, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams, eds. “Alice Walker Official Biography.” Alice Walker’s Garden: The Official Website

Whitted, Qiana. “Alice Walker (b. 1944).” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 09 August 2018.

Born in Eatonton, Georgia, on February 9, 1944, Alice Walker is an internationally recognized novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, five children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983.

Walker’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than 15 million copies. In 2001, Walker was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and five years later, she was an inaugural inductee into the California Hall of Fame. Emory University acquired Walker’s personal and literary archives in 2007 and began cataloging her papers the following year. The Alice Walker Papers are available to the public at Emory in Atlanta.

An activist her entire adult life, Walker believes that everyone should be willing and able to extend the range of their compassion. She is a staunch defender not just of human rights, but of the rights of all living beings. She is one of the world’s most prolific writers, yet continues to travel the world to literally stand beside the poor and the economically, spiritually, and politically oppressed. She also stands alongside revolutionaries, teachers, and leaders who seek change and world transformation.

Novels and Short Stories

  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
  • In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973)
  • Meridian (1976)
  • The Color Purple (1982)
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories (1982)
  • The Temple of My Familiar (1989)
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
  • The Complete Stories (1994)
  • By the Light of My Father’s Smile (1998)
  • Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004)


  • Once (1968)
  • Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973)
  • Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You in the Morning (1979)
  • Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1985)
  • Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems (1991)
  • Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth (2003)
  • A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems and Drawings (2003)
  • Collected Poems (2005)
  • Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (2010)
  • The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers (2013)
  • Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018)

Essays and Memoir

  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983)
  • Living by the Word (1988)
  • Warrior Marks (1993)
  • The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (1996)
  • Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer’s Activism (1997)
  • Go Girl!: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure (1997)
  • The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000)
  • Sent By Earth (2001)
  • We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (2006)
  • Overcoming Speechlessness (2010)
  • The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker (2010)
  • The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir (2011)
  • The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way (2013)

Children’s Books

  • Finding the Green Stone (1991)
  • To Hell With Dying (1988)
  • Langston Hughes: American Poet (2001)
  • There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me (2006)
  • Why War Is Never A Good Idea (2007

About the Georgia Writers Museum

The mission of the Georgia Writers Museum is to create a new generation of readers and writers through the celebration of Georgia’s remarkable literary heritage. Internationally known writers Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, and Joel Chandler Harris grew up and began writing in the same area of the state where the Museum is now located. 

The Museum is also the year-round home for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame exhibit. The Hall of Fame was established in 2000 as part of the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which honors Georgia writers and introduces the public to rich collections of Georgia’s literary and cultural history.

In 2011, business owners and citizens of Eatonton and Putnam County, Georgia, gathered to discuss ways in which they could drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Georgia’s Lake Country. Two years later, this group formed Lake Country Arts, a nonprofit organization tasked with creating arts-related venues and attractions to bring tourists and visitors to the Lake Country. The Georgia Writers Museum, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is the first initiative of Lake Country Arts.

The Museum opened in downtown Eatonton in April 2014.