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Tricia Elam Walker (she, they)

Assistant Professor

  • English, Assistant Professors
  • College of Arts & Sciences


Tricia Elam Walker, author of the novel Breathing Room and other publications, is an award-winning fiction and non-fiction writer and cultural commentator who has written for National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Essence magazine, the Huffington Post and more.  She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC and Boston.  Tricia is also the author of two acclaimed children's books, Nana Akua Goes to School (winner of the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats writer award) and Dream Street (one of the NYTimes 25 best books of 2021). Tricia is currently an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Howard University and is working on several projects including more children’s books, plays, essays and novels. You can find her on instagram at @triciawriting and on twitter at @triciawriting and @WalkerElam.