Jamie Walker, Ph.D. is a freelance journalist, and poet. She is also president and CEO of J.D. Publishing Group.
Jamie Walker, Ph.D. is a literary activist, freelance
journalist, and poet. She is also president and CEO of J.D. Publishing
Group. Originally from Oakland, California, Walker graduated magna cum laude
from San Francisco State University, where she studied Theater Arts and
Black Studies. She received both her Masters and Ph.D. (with Distinction) in
African American and Caribbean Literature from Howard University. Currently,
she writes for Heart & Soul magazine, teaches in the Afro Studies Department
at Howard University, and is finishing a new book on her friend and mentor,
Sonia Sanchez, called Sonia On My Mind.
Walker starred in several plays throughout California as a
respected and highly praised leading actress. She won first place in the
state of California for her dramatic interpretation of August Wilson's play,
Fences, and has toured with The San Francisco Mime Troupe and The African
American Shakespeare Company. Jamie has also hosted a late-night talk show
in the District of Columbia on WHBC 830 AM called, "Soul Talk with Jamie
Walker"'an inspirational talk show about relationships and matters of the
Walker is a member of The National Association of Black
Journalists Modern Language Association, and The Golden Key National Honor
Society. Her first book, 101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves:
A Gift for Women of All Ages (J.D. Publishing Group 2002), received stunning
reviews from Black Issues Book Review, Upscale, and Heart & Soul magazine.
Walker's essays and poetry are published in It Doesn't Take
a Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Success in Every Student (McGraw-Hill
2005), edited by Tommie Lindsey; I Woke Up and Put My Crown On: The Project
of 76 Voices (Publish America 2005), edited by Rochelle Hart; Check the
Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (Lit Noire Publishing 2006),
edited by DuEwa Frazier, and Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in
the African American Community and Are All the Women Still White?:
Globalizing Women's Studies.
In Fall 2001, Walker received a
distinguished scholarship award from poet Sonia Sanchez on behalf of The
Elizabeth Howard and Thorton H. Trust Fund. That same year, poet Ethelbert
Miller recommended Walker for a Lannan Poetry Fellowship at The Shakespeare
Library in Washington, D.C.
Featured on a CNN panel in 2004 (along with
Ruby Dee, the late Ossie Davis, David Driskell, and
Jackson), Walker has toured and also served on panels with Sonia Sanchez,
Amiri Baraka, and
Kalamu ya Salaam. Her feature stories have graced the covers of The New
York Amsterdam News, The San Francisco Bayview, The Washington Informer, The
Afro-American, The Tennessee Tribune, and The San Francisco Bayview. Walker
has also been featured in The San Francisco Examiner, Women in the Moon, The
Oakland Tribune, Mosaic, Rhapsody, AALBC.com, The New Poet's Revolutionary
Magazine, BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review, The Quarterly Black
Review, and Sable Literary magazine, which is published in London.
Praised for her 'superior skill in research,' Walker was
selected (out of thirty young scholars across the United States) by Camille
O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint to join the first class of students in The
National Visionary Heritage Fellowship Program. The program taught Walker
how to perform videotaped documentaries of historic "visionary" elders over
the age of 70. Walker's chosen "visionary" elder was Esther Cooper Jackson,"
co-founder of Freedomways magazine in 1961 with W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du
Bois. Freedomways magazine chronicled the Civil Rights-Black
Arts Movement and featured several well-known Black writers, poets, and
artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis,
Mari Evans, and
Walker's written work produced with The National Visionary
Leadership Project is now archived at The Smithsonian and featured in a book
called A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak (Atria
Books 2004), which is edited by Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint,
Walker has taken playwrighting classes at U.C. Berkeley with
P.J. Gibson. In addition, she has taught K-12 students, as well as creative
writing, publishing, and playwrighting classes to adults.
Walker was labeled a "gifted child" when she was in
kindergarten reading on the second grade level. She has participated in
Gifted and Honors programs all throughout elementary, junior, and high
school, and has been a member of The Golden Key National Honor Society,
Gifted & Talented Education, and Upward Bound.
Walker has a wise "Old Soul." She is deeply spiritual, very
funny, has a "zest" for life, and an exciting, vibrant personality. Her next
book, Sonia Sanchez: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, has been
praised by Amiri Baraka and
Ethelbert Miller. Both poets deem this long-awaited, forthcoming book by
Walker to be 'a landmark collection.' Jamie can be reached through her
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2 Books by Jamie Walker
Jamie Walker has Written 2 Book Review(s) for AALBC.com
Jamie Walker Has Written 9 Article(s) for AALBC.com