Jeanne Murray Walker to Judge Ruminate's 2014 Poetry Prize

April 18, 2014

jeanne_largeJeanne Murray Walker, poet, playwright, and teacher, lives with her husband, Dan Larkin, a lawyer, outside Philadelphia. They are the parents of two children, Molly and Jack, and they have three grandchildren. Born in a village in northern Minnesota, Jeanne attended Wheaton College (Chicago) and earned a PhD in English at The University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including A Deed to the Light, Coming into History, and New Tracks, Night Falling. Her poetry and essays have appeared numerous journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Image and Best American Poetry. Her scripts, which have been performed in theaters across the United States and in London, are archived in North American Women's Drama, and are published by Dramatic Publishing Company. Jeanne's memoir, The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer's, came out in September 2013. Jeanne's new and selected poems Helping the Morning was just released from WordFarm Press. Jeanne is a Professor of English at The University of Delaware, where she heads the Creative Writing Concentration. She has appeared on PBS television and is frequently interviewed on the radio. She lectures, teaches, and gives readings extensively in places ranging from The Library of Congress and Oxford University, to Whidbey Island and Texas canyon country. Her work has been distributed across Pennsylvania on posters by The Center for the Book and has appeared on buses and trains with Poetry in Motion. An Atlantic Monthly Fellow at Bread Loaf School of English, Jeanne has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in The Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, and The Glenna Luschei-Prairie Schooner Prize, as well as other fellowships and prizes. For 20 years she was the Poetry Editor of Christianity and Literature. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Image and Shenandoah magazines. Jeanne is a collaborating editor with Darryl Tippens of Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, an historical anthology of literature. Image magazine called it the current "stand-out, single-volume" on the subject of spiritual questing. Since 2007 Jeanne has served on the faculty of the Seattle Pacific University low residency Master of Fine Arts Program.

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