Teacher; college professor; writer; editor.  Born– April 6, 1940. Parents– Louis Wesley and Katherine (King) Brannan. Married– Ronald Walker. Children– Three. Education– University of Alabama, B.S.; Tulane University, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (1981).  Taught English at Foley High School; Newcomb College; University of South Alabama, 1979-. Stokes Distinguished Professor of English at USA. Adjunct Professor of Editing and Publishing, Spring Hill College. City editor, Alabama Sun, 1980-1981; editor and publisher, Negative Capability, 1981-. Received research grant from Tulane Graduate School to study McCuller’s Archives; several merit awards for poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Gave workshops, lectures and poetry readings. Served on several college and state committees. Published poems, stories and articles in magazines and anthologies. Nominated for a Pulitzer Price for Blood Must Bear Your Name.  10th Alabama Poet Laureate, 2003-2012.


Sue Brannan Walker, Mobile, Ala.


Blood Must Bear Your Name.  Amherst Writers and Artists Press, 2002.

Faulkner Suite.  Ragland, AL:  Oeoco Press, 2008.

Greatest Hits, 1982-2002.  Johnstown, Ohio; Pudding House Publications, 2003.

Pokeberry Inspiration.  2008.

Reuben’s Mobile.  Mobile:  Negative Capability, 2007.

Shorings.  Fullerton, CA; South Coast Press, 1992.

Traveling My Shadow. Mobile, Ala.; Negative Capability Press, 1982.

Louisiana Creole Poems. Mobile, Ala.; Negative Capability Press, 1982.


It’s Good Weather for Fudge;  Conversations with Carson McCullers.  Montgomery; New South Publishers, 2003.

Life on the Line; Selections on Words and Healing.  Mobile; Negative Capability Press, 1992.

Ways of Knowing; Essays on Marge Piercy.  Negative Capability, 1991.

Joint editor;

Whatever Remembers Us; An Anthology of Alabama Poetry.  Mobile; Negative Capability Press, 2007