Discipline: Literature – fiction

Alice Walker

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: California
MacDowell fellowships: Winter 1967, July 1974

Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and several volumes of essays and poetry. In addition to many other awards, she won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award for her novel The Color Purple.

Walker has written many bestsellers, among them, The Temple of My Familiar, By The Light of My Father’s Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness. Her other novels are: The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, and Now Is the Time To Open Your Heart. Her short story collections include: In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women, You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down, and The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart. She has also written several volumes of poetry, including Once, Revolutionary Petunias, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You In the Morning, Her Blue Body Everything We Know, Absolute Trust In the Goodness of the Earth, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers.

Studios

Irving Fine

Alice Walker worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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