Sue Brannan Walker

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Sue Brannan Walker, (born 1940) is a poet, author and editor.[1] In 2015 she is the Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama. She is a former Poet Laureate of Alabama[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Walker studied at the University of Alabama, earning a B. S. She then earned an M.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. at Tulane University.


Walker worked as an assistant professor in the English department at the University of South Alabama in 1980. She founded the literary journal Negative Capability in 1981[4] and served as its editor.[5]

Walker became an associate professor at the University of South Alabama in 1985 and a full professor in 1991. In 1999 she chaired the department, and 2007 was named Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.

From 2003 to 2012, Walker served as the poet laureate of Alabama.[2] She is the author of five poetry collections.[6]

Negative Capability Press[edit]

Walker created Negative Capability Press, a small press publishing house which is based in Mobile, Alabama.[7][8][9] The company has published more than 40 books, many by nationally recognized authors and poets.[10] A number of these were collections for which Walker served as editor, including Ways of Knowing: Essays on Marge Piercy in 1991, Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing in 1992, and Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry in 2007. Several of the books have received notable recognition: Irene Latham's What Came Before (2007) won the Independent Book Award in Poetry in 2007, Barry Marks' Sounding was a Hoffer Award Finalist,[11] and John Davis Jr.'s work was included in the 2015 Poetry House exhibit in New York.[12] The publisher sponsors an annual international book contest;[13] the prize in 2015 was $2000 and a publishing contract.

As 2012, Walker continued to head up the organization.[14]



  1. ^ Scot Peacock (1 April 2002). Contemporary Authors. Gale / Cengage Learning. p. 410. ISBN 978-0-7876-4614-1.
  2. ^ a b "Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication". International New York Times, By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER JULY 27, 2014
  3. ^ "Negative Capability Press | Small Press Database | Poets & Writers". 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  4. ^ "Poetry Journal Going Strong in Mobile home". Times Daily - Dec 19, 1986
  5. ^ Philip K. Jason (2003). Critical survey of poetry. Salem Press. p. 1168. ISBN 978-1-58765-073-4.
  6. ^ "Poets Laureate of Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama, by Jim Murphy, University of Montevall
  7. ^ Jan Lauwereyns (2012). Brain and the Gaze: On the Active Boundaries of Vision. MIT Press. pp. 233–. ISBN 978-0-262-01791-6.
  8. ^ "Author Information | Alabama Literary Map". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  9. ^ "Living with and dying from cancer: a humanities special study module". Medical Humanities, 1992. Deborah Kirklin, Richard Meakin, Surinder Singh, Margaret Lloyd
  10. ^ " Writing Can Be Taught: M.F.A. Survey 2014". Publisher Weekly, By Julie Buntin |May 16, 2014
  11. ^ "Eric Hoffer Award - Book Award Short List". Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  12. ^ "Winter Haven Poet's Work Part of New York Exhibit". By Rick Rousos, NEWS CHIEF June 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "People on the Move, Aug. 30, 2015". Times-Tribune, August 30, 2015 JOE BARESS
  14. ^ Poetry Theatre USA celebrates National Poetry Month". and Press-Register Correspondent on April 23, 2012
  15. ^ "Alexis Saunders, social worker, poet, researcher, dies at 34". Tampa Bay Times, By Marty Clear March 11, 2010

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