|Born||Alice Malsenior Walker|
February 9, 1944
Eatonton, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Spelman College|
Sarah Lawrence College
|Notable works||The Color Purple|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize for Fiction |
National Book Award
|Spouse||Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal (married 1967, divorced 1976)|
|Partner||Robert L. Allen, Tracy Chapman|
Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which she was awarded for her novel The Color Purple. Over the span of her career, Walker has published seventeen novels and short story collections, twelve non-fiction works, and collections of essays and poetry.