Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Alice Walker is an American poet who was born in Georgia in 1944. She is known as a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and a social activist. Her best-known work, The Color Purple, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She wrote her first book of poems while studying in East Africa and has since become an important piece of fiction in the feminist and civil rights movement. 

Poem at Thirty-Nine

‘Poem at Thirty-Nine’ by Alice Walker describes the speaker’s father’s life. She admits how much she misses him and how she wishes he hadn’t had such a hard life.


‘Women’ is a short poem praising previous generations of African American women who fought for the education of girls.