In 2003, Walker completed his MFA at Spalding University and later returned to teach at the University of Kentucky where he still serves as an Associate Professor of English.
Much of Walker’s work examines, in his words, “social justice issues as well as multiple themes of family, identity and place.”
Walker mentors young writers and poets, preparing them for the next phase in their development. He also dabbles in visual art, and names celebrity collectors Spike Lee and Bill and Camille Cosby as owners of his work.
The writer of six published works, Walker’s latest book, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers is a collection of persona poems using the voice of several characters related to the assassination of the civil rights leader.Walker has said in interviews that he hopes the book helps readers remember Evers’ contributions to society.
Earlier this year, Walker won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.