Jeanne Murray Walker

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

Merion Station, PA
Pennsylvania US

Author's Bio

Jeanne Murray Walker is a writer and teacher who was born in Parkers Prairie, a village of a thousand people in Minnesota. She is the author of 8 volumes of poetry, including Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poetry, half a dozen play scripts, and a memoir, The Geography of Memory. With Darryl Tippens, she edited the anthology of literature, Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. She lectures and gives readings extensively in places ranging from The Library of Congress and Oxford University to Whidbey Island and Texas canyon country. Jeanne is a Professor of English at The University of Delaware and a Mentor in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program.

Jeanne lives with her husband outside Philadelphia. They are the parents of two children and the grandparents of three. For a full-length curriculum vita, please email Jeanne at

Publications & Prizes

A Deed to the Light (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
Gaining Time (Copper Beech Press, 2000)
Gaining Time (Copper Beech Press, 1998)
Stranger Than Fiction (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1993)
Coming Into History (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1990)
Fugitive Angels (Dragon Gate Books, 1985)
Nailing Up the Home Sweet Home (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1980)
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The Nation
Prizes won: 

Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Prize for Poetry, 2007

Pew Fellowship in Poetry, 1998 [$50,000 Stipend]

National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship, l994

Pennsylvania Council On The Arts Fellow, ’84,’87,’89,’91,’94, ’01, ’04, 07 (Fellowships discontinued in 2008)

Fellow, Pennsylvania Center For the Book

Readers’ Choice Award from The Prairie Schooner

General University Research Fellowships, ’75,'80, '83, '86, ’91,’96, 2000, 2006, 2013

William P. and Arlene R. Lewis Playwriting Award. Winner for “Rowing Into Light on Lake Adley”, l994, and for “Inventing Montana”, l996.

Fellow, University of Delaware Center For Advanced Study, l993

The Virginia Duvall Mann Award for “Rowing Into Light on Lake Adley”, The Charlotte Repertory Theater

Delaware State Arts Council Fellowship, l982

Delaware Humanities Forum Grant, l985

Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1972-73

Atlantic Monthly Fellowships (for Poetry and for Fiction), Bread Loaf School of English, l965

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Arcadia by Lauren Groff, The Great Enigma by Tomas Transtromer, The Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, Levels of Life by Julian Barnes, "Wit" by Margaret Edson

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Parkers Prairie
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Lincoln, NE
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Last update: Sep 06, 2014