This Goodly Land

Sue Walker (April 6, 1939 or 1940–present)

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Biographical Information

Sue Walker grew up in Foley, Ala. She was introduced to poetry as a child when Walker's mother read to her while she recuperated after a tonsillectomy. Walker was the editor of her high school newspaper. After earning a BS in education at the University of Alabama, she returned to Foley to teach English at a local high school for a year. She then enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans, earning an MEd and MA and PhD degrees in English literature. In the mid-1970s, Walker moved to Tampa, Fla., where her husband was employed.

Walker and her family returned to Alabama in 1979, moving to Mobile to be closer to Walker’s elderly parents. She spent the following year working as an editor of Alabama Sun magazine. In 1980, Walker began teaching at the University of South Alabama, where she served as chair of the English department from 1997 to 2008. In 1981, she founded the literary journal Negative Capability. Shortly thereafter, she started a small publishing house called Negative Capability Press. Walker has published poems and essays in literary journals, as well as scholarly papers. She has also edited collections of poems and essays by other writers. Walker served as Alabama’s Poet Laureate from 2003 to 2007. She was named Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama in 2008.

Interests and Themes

Frequent subjects of Sue Walker’s poetry include family relationships, sickness and healing, and the natural world.

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Photo courtesy of Sue Brannan Walker.

Last updated on May 30, 2008.

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