Alice Walker

Alice Walker (1944 - Present)

Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an African American author and feminist whose most famous novel, The Color Purple, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award.

Walker’s writings include novels, stories, essays and poems. They focus on the struggles of African-Americans, and particularly African-American women, against societies that are racist, sexist, and often violent. Her writings tend to emphasize the strength of black women and the importance of African-American heritage and culture.

Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the United States. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1965 from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers (Bronxville postal zone), New York. Her first book of poetry was written while she was still a senior at Sarah Lawrence. She returned to the South to work in the U.S. civil rights movement.

Walker was also an editor for Ms. Magazine. An article she published in 1975 was largely responsible for the renewal of interest in the work of Zora Neale Hurston.

She won the 1986 O. Henry Award for her short story “Kindred Spirits” published in Esquire magazine in August of 1985.

A political activist (due in part to the influence of Howard Zinn), she is active in environmental, feminist, civil rights, and animal rights causes. She has advocated ending the decades-long embargo against Cuba. Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, is also a prominent activist.

During her youth, an incident left Alice with a permanent injury that would soon scar her for life. While playing with her brothers, she was accidentally shot in the eye, and forced to get a glass replacement because of people’s attitudes toward her.

In the updated 1995 introduction to his novel Oxherding Tale, engendered a political firestorm when he seemed to criticize Walker’s The Color Purple
for its negative portrayal of African-American males: “I leave it to readers to decide which book pushes harder at the boundaries of convention, and inhabits most confidently the space where fiction and philosophy meet.” Such candor and criticism came as a shock to some in Academia, who felt Johnson violated an unspoken taboo against criticizing another writer of color. The novel had come under criticism
for the same reasons earlier.

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Expect Nothing (7 Comments »)
Analysis, meaning and summary of Alice Walker's poem Expect Nothing


  1. Bob says:

    Alice Walker = Beautiful

  2. Dorthy Cistenzda says:

    “imperfections and mistakes” is what i think the poem is tlking about in “tiny human midget”

  3. Ani says:

    the poem is so great!, it creates alot of sense and meaning and everything that is said inthe poem is so true. We must live everyday like its a surprise and always learn to appreciate evry little thing that surrounds us.

  4. candis says:

    I believe That When She Refers To The “Tiny Human Midget,” Part Walker Is Pointing Out The Imperfections In The World…Discover Why We Have These Imperfections And You’ll See Why We Must “Expect Nothing,” Because They Come Hand In Hand With Disappointment….

  5. Dayna says:

    It is a good poem, i like the meaning of it. but i was wondering what you meant by the tiny human midget part??? plz get back 2 me

  6. Jocelyn Lewis says:

    Omg I love your poems they are just so well writen i can relate to most of your poems and if you can do that to me then you are very gifted lol but really you should write so much more

  7. justin merkey says:

    i like you poemit has alot of debth to thw writing im doing a class project on you so its pretty interesting

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