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Margaret Walker

As a child Margaret Walker loved to listen to her grandmother's stories about the old days, and she made a promise that someday she would write down this family history. At the age of 19, she published her first poem and began work on Jubilee. The novel appeared after years of exhaustive research, during which time Walker earned a Ph.D., raised a family, taught college English, published four books of poetry, founded an institute for the study of black history and culture, and became the first African American to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets award.