SHR, Jerald Walker Selected for Best American Essays 2014
MAY 14, 2014
E ARE THRILLED to share the good news that Jerald Walker's essay "How to Make a Slave" will appear in The Best American Essays 2014, edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Walker's essay originally appeared in SHR's special Cultural Memoir issue, guest edited by Patricia Foster.
Walker is the author of Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, recipient of the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in numerous publications, including three times in The Best American Essays. He is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College.
Sullivan is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and Oxford American and is the author of Blood Horses and Pulphead, a 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee.
The Best American Essays series has been published since 1986 under the editorship of Robert Atwan.
SHR's editors congratulate Walker on his fourth (and surely not his last) appearance in the anthology, and we happily add Walker's name to the list of SHR contributors whose essays have been recognized in The Best American Essays over the years.
Below is an excerpt from Walker's essay: