- Found solace in writing
- Walker's first book of poetry: Senior at Sarah Lawrence
- Brief sabbatical from writing while working in Mississippi for civil rights movement
- 1975 article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston"
- 1970: first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland
- 1982: The Color Purple
- Co-founder of Wild Tree Press, founded in 1984
- Main themes: Black people, particularly women, and racist, sexist, and violent society