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.