Revered for her outspoken support for human rights and racial equality, writer Alice Walker's contribution to literature is the gift that truly keeps on giving. Born in Georgia to sharecroppers, the now 76-year-old's resume includes seven novels, four compilations of short stories, four children’s books, and plenty more essays and poetry compilations.

The Sarah Lawrence College graduate cemented her spot as a master of prose with her 1982 novel The Color Purple, which subsequently led to her winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983. Two years later, Steven Spielberg directed the critically-acclaimed film adaption. 

Walker is known to have coined the term 'womanist,' meaning that an individual has beliefs that align with the modern feminist movement, but with more of a focus on the Black experience. A detailed onlooker of human interaction, much of her work highlights her experience growing up in the south and advocates that women lean into the concept of reformation, with an emphasis of ambition in moments of anguish. 

Though certainly not all encompassing, the following five poems are a great introduction into the gist of Walker's perceptive.