Poet Parneshia Jones (Vessel) will appear alongside acclaimed author and activist Alice Walker (The Color Purple). This conversation will explore the transformative effect of Walker’s life and body of work and honor the profound effect both Walker and her work have had on foregrounding black female experiences, relationships, and narratives. Walker will also discuss and share from her new bilingual collection of poetry, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. A book signing will follow this program. LEARN MORE
Internationally celebrated activist, self-termed womanist, and author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, “an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle), Alice Walker is a canonical figure in American letters. Her creative vision is rooted in the economic hardship, racial terror, and folk wisdom of African American life and her writing explores multidimensional kinships among women and the redemptive power of social and political revolution.
This program is presented in partnership with the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation.