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  • Once: Poems (also see below), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1968.
  • Five Poems, Broadside Press (Highland Park, MI), 1972.
  • Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (also see below), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1973.
  • Goodnight, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (also see below), Dial (New York, NY), 1979.
  • Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1984.
  • Alice Walker Boxed Set—Poetry: Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning; Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems; Once, Poems, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1985.
  • Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems, 1965-1990 Complete, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1991.
  • A Poem Traveled down My Arm: Poem and Drawings, Random House (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems, Random House (New York, NY), 2003.


  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1970.
  • In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1973.
  • Meridian, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1976.
  • You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (short stories), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1981.
  • The Color Purple, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1982.
  • Alice Walker Boxed Set—Fiction: The Third Life of Grange Copeland, You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, and In Love and Trouble, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1985.
  • The Temple of My Familiar, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1989.
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1992.
  • Everyday Use, edited by Barbara Christian, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1994.
  • By the Light of My Father's Smile, Random House (New York, NY), 1998.
  • The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart, Random House (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart: A Novel, Random House (New York, NY), 2004.


  • Langston Hughes: American Poet (biography), Crowell (New York, NY), 1973, revised edition, illustrated by Catherine Deeter, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2002.
  • To Hell with Dying, illustrations by Catherine Deeter, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1988.
  • Finding the Green Stone, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1991.


  • In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1983.
  • Living by the Word: Selected Writings, 1973-1987, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1988.
  • (With Pratibha Parmar) Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1993.
  • Alice Walker Banned, with introduction by Patricia Holt, Aunt Lute Books (San Francisco, CA), 1996.
  • Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism, Random House (New York, NY), 1997.
  • (With Francesco Mastalia and Alfonse Pagano) Dreads: Sacred Rites of the Natural Hair Revolution, Artisan (New York, NY), 1999.


  • (Editor) I Love Myself when I'm Laughing... and Then Again when I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader, introduction by Mary Helen Washington, Feminist Press (New York, NY), 1979.
  • The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult; A Meditation of Life, Spirit, Art, and the Making of the film "The Color Purple," Ten Years Later, Scribner (New York, NY), 1996.

Contributor to anthologies, including Voices of the Revolution, edited by Helen Haynes, E. & J. Kaplan (Philadelphia, PA), 1967; The Best Short Stories by Negro Writers from 1899 to the Present: An Anthology, edited by Langston Hughes, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1967; Afro-American Literature: An Introduction, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1971; Tales and Stories for Black Folks, compiled by Toni Cade Bambara, Zenith Books (New York, NY), 1971; Black Short Story Anthology, compiled by Woodie King, New American Library (New York, NY), 1972; The Poetry of Black America: An Anthology of the Twentieth Century, compiled by Arnold Adoff, Harper (New York, NY), 1973; A Rock against the Wind: Black Love Poems, edited by Lindsay Patterson, Dodd (New York, NY), 1973; We Be Word Sorcerers: Twenty-five Stories by Black Americans, edited by Sonia Sanchez, Bantam (New York, NY), 1973; Images of Women in Literature, compiled by Mary Anne Ferguson, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1973; Best American Short Stories: 1973, edited by Margaret Foley, Hart-Davis, 1973; Best American Short Stories, 1974, edited by M. Foley, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1974; Chants of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art and Scholarship, edited by Michael S. Harper and Robert B. Stepto, University of Illinois Press (Chicago, IL), 1980; Midnight Birds: Stories of Contemporary Black Women Authors, edited by Mary Helen Washington, Anchor Press (New York, NY), 1980; and Double Stitch: Black Women Write about Mothers and Daughters, edited by Maya Angelou, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1993. Contributor to numerous periodicals, including Negro Digest, Denver Quarterly, Harper's, Black World, Essence, Canadian Dimension, and the New York Times. Contributing editor, Southern Voices, Freedomways, and Ms.