I enjoy giving readings and talks at book stores, conventions, churches, poetry festivals, and high schools across the country and abroad.  I've hosted a television special about poetry in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and am frequently interviewed and/or do readings on the radio.  I also lead workshops about writing poetry and memoir.   Click on SCHEDULE (above) for a list of readings and talks.

If you'd like me to work with your group, email me at to discuss an honorarium.  It will vary, depending on travel distance and the length of time you arrange for.  

Please plan to order books for the event:

Helping the Morning:  New and Selected Poems
New Tra
cks, Night Falling
A Deed to the Light
The Geography of Memory:  A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer's

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Read the recent Philadelphia Inquirer review of Helping the Morning:

Check out Jeanne's most recent essay about the villain, Archimago, who creates lies and deceptions in Spenser's sixteenth century poem, The Faerie Queene.  "The Villain Who Shut Down an Epic" in The New Ohio Review is remarkably relevant to our current political climate.

In the last several months Jeanne's poems have been reprinted in The Good Letters Blog, The Behemoth, Between Midnight and Dawn, The Turning Aside, and the literary text, Literature and Composition:  Reading, Writing, Thinking.


If you have enjoyed Helping the Morning, consider      leaving a comment about it on Amazon.


"Orpheus Rescues a Stray" and "Perspective" appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The Southern Review.  "At the Ocean," "Study: How the Leaf Falls," and "Mendelssohn Finds the St. Matthew Passion," are just out The Hudson Review.  

Jeanne's poems are forthcoming in Spiritus,  Arts, The Christian Century, Cleaver, The Bellingham Review, and Image.

April and May In Italy, 2017

Jeanne will teach an ekphrastic poetry writing workshop for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy this spring.  In September she taught poetry writing at The Harvester Island Wilderness Writers' Workshop in Alaska.

Check out these recent books:

New from The Chrysostom Society, essays reflecting on ambition, edited by Luci Shaw and Jeanne Murray Walker

To order a copy of Ambition click on:

In a world of selfies and social media, where each of us reach for "fifteen minutes of fame" as Andy Warhol put it, is it good or bad to have ambition?  Without ambition, how is it possible to do anything well?  But ambition can feed on itself, take over, become insatiable. 

The ten writers in this book address complicated questions about ambition in a variety of ways and in wonderfully different voices. 


"It explores. . . a topic sorely in need of careful consideration.  I recommend it highly."   Richard J. Foster

Helping the Morning:  New
and Selected Poems

Out in 2014 from Word Farm Press.  Available at Word Farm Press  For a personalized, signed, copy, email


"I marvel at the wholeness of Walker's vision and how it pits the illumination of insight against the mystery of eternity."   --Elaine Terranova

"Her words gleam in the eye, nestle in the ear, take root in the rich dirt of the heart."      --Luci Shaw

"Walker's gift. . .[is] her willingness, no matter how many times she has seen the sun come up, to regard each time as a fresh beginning.     --Mark Jarman

The Geography of Memory

The Geography of Memory: A 
Pilgrimage through Alzheimer's  

Out in 2013 from Hachette Press.  For a personalized, signed, copy, email      

Read an excerpt 

Available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble  Better yet, pick up a copy from your local independent bookstore.


"At times painful, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and full of perfect details, this book is a love story from daughter to mother, mother to daughter, and ultimately to the reader."

"GEOGRAPHY OF MEMORY is extraordinary."

"Mother and daughter face the challenges of caring across geographic distances, recognizing love as a terrible bond they must unleash as well as cherish."

"This book will transform the national conversation on Alzheimer's."

"Quite simply, I didn't want it to end."

For more reviews go to Amazon  

Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light:  Literature and the Life of Faith, 3rd Edition, Edited by Darryl Tippens and Jeanne Murray Walker

Out in 2013 from Abilene Christian University Press. 
Available at Amazon or SHADOW AND LIGHT:  Literature and the Life of Faith For a personalized, signed copy, email

If you are searching for a unique collection of engaging literary works that treat the enduring quest for God, meaning, and purpose, consider Shadow and Light:  Literature and the Life of Faith.  It is composed of judicious selections of the worlds finest poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, drawn from classic writers.  But it is also replete with memorable selections from some of today's most admired writers.  This is a continued favorite among professors and students as well as other readers.  Now out in its third edition.

Archived News

100 Years of Poetry Magazine

The Open Door"Little Blessing for My Floater," published in Poetry in 2004, was reprinted in the anthology celebrating Poetry's first 100 years:  The Open Door:  100 Poets, 100 Years of Poetry, 2012.  Poetry magazine is the premier magazine publishing poetry in the United States, the first publisher of such poets as T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. The volume is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Jeanne's reflection on shopping at Produce Junction as a form of communion and her recipe for scalloped potatoes appears in The Spirit of Food

It was reprinted in The Other Journal in 2011. 

Hear Steve Shoemaker's November 2010
interview with Jeanne and editor, Leslie Leyland Fields, on public radio.

Hear "Jesus and the Cabbage," and an interview with Sojourners magazine.


Luci Shaw's interview of Jeanne appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Image magazine. 

Best American Poetry

Best American Poetry, 2009  includes "Holding Action," Jeanne's poem, which originally appeared in The Hudson Review.

Catch Jeanne Reading Her Work:                       
Listen on line to Jeanne reading poems.

More Archived News

Read Jeanne's poems on Verse Daily.

"Praying for Rain in Santa Fe" appears in Gathering, artist Ed Colker's celebration of 15 poets to mark the 50th anniversary of Haybarn Press in 2010. 

Jeanne's tips on writing for the theater, "The Steep and Exhilarating Mountains of Play Writing," appear in A Syllable of Water:  Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art.


University of Delaware English Department
Seattle Pacific University MFA Program
Center Street Books
Indie Bound
Word Farm Press

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