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


“Orpheus Rescues a Stray” and “Perspective” will appear 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 forthcoming in The Hudson Review.  Others will soon appear in Spiritus and Arts.

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


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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

helpingthemorningOut in 2014 from Word Farm Press.  Available at Word Farm Press For a personalized, signed, copy, email jwalker@udel.edu

“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: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s


Out in 2013 from Hachette Press. For a personalized, signed, copy, email jwalker@udel.edu.

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“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.”

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

shadowandlight2Out 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 jwalker@udel.edu

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.

100 Years of Poetry Magazine

theopendoor“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.