Nonfiction author and essayist Jerald Walker to read at UNH
The University of New Hampshire's Department of English is pleased to announce that author and essayist Jerald Walker will read from his work and hold a Q & A session at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at the Memorial Union Building, Theatre I, on the Durham Campus, as part of the UNH Writers Series.
Jerald Walker is the author of two memoirs, "The World on Fire: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult" and "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption." Kirkus Review says of both that the memoirs' power is in their narrative command. Author Vivian Gornick writes of "The World on Fire:" "Jerald Walker has a remarkable story to tell, and he tells it with a wealth of grace and intelligence at his command." Robert Atwan, series editor of Best American Essays, describes "Street Shadows" as "a daring, evocative, and unflinchingly honest memoir by an extraordinary writer." Poet Nikki Giovanni calls "Street Shadows" "a must read for everyone who cares about the questions and the quest that being a human requires."
The recipient of the 2011 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction, Walker has published essays in a wide range of notable journals and magazines, including The Harvard Review, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, The Oxford American, and Creative Nonfiction. His work has been widely anthologized, including four times in "Best American Essays." Walker teaches creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.
Events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the English Department at (603) 862-1313. The UNH Writers Series is made possible through the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Family Charitable Foundation.