Katina Walton, a doctoral candidate in reading and literacy at Alabama A&M University, received the 2012 Poetry/Author of the Year Award at the National Poetry Awards that were recently held in St. Louis.
Walton was honored for the book She Speaks, a collection of works by 18 women on topics such as breast cancer, rape, domestic violence and incest. “Many of these victims had never publicly spoken about their tragedies,” Walton said. “It was such an honor for them to trust me to share their stories of survival.”
Walton’s second book, due out this fall, is her collection entitled, Scribed Blues.