Anthony Walton (poet)

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Anthony Walton (born 1960) is an American poet and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of a chapbook of poems, Cricket Weather[1] and for his non-fiction work Mississippi: An American Journey. His work has appeared widely in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, and Rainbow Darkness. He is currently a professor and the writer-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.[2]

Early life[edit]

Walton grew up in Aurora, Illinois. He studied at the University of Notre Dame and received an M.F.A. from Brown University.[3]

Literary career[edit]

In 1989, Walton wrote an essay for the New York Times Magazine, "Willie Horton and Me," concerning race issues of the time. Walton won a Whiting Award in 1998 in fiction.[4] He contributed to By J. Peder Zane's 2004 Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading (ISBN 0393325407).


  • Every Shut Eye Aint Asleep: Anthology Of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945 (Editor) 1994
  • Cricket Weather 1995
  • Go and Tell Pharaoh with Reverend Al Sharpton, 1996
  • Mississippi: An American Journey 1997
  • The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (Editor) 2002
  • Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2004. ISBN 978-0-7679-0913-6


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