Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michener Foundation, JERALD WALKER is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His essays have appeared in publications such as The Harvard Review, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Oxford American, and Creative Nonfiction, and he has been widely anthologized. He is the author of The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult; Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, winner of the PEN/New England Award for Nonfiction, and How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, which includes "Breathe." This is his fifth appearance in the Best American Essays series.
- p. 277, The Best American Essays 2020.