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Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Publishes Debut Poetry Collection of Charleston Poet Linda Joy Walder

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Free Verse Press has announced the publication of Running Naked in the Snow, the debut collection of poems by poet Linda Joy Walder.

Free Verse Press was launched by Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s First Poet Laureate, and a 2021 Poet Laureate Fellow of the American Academy of Poets. He also produces the annual Free Verse Poetry Festival, showcasing poets from around the United States.

Running Naked in the Snow is Linda Joy Walder’s first published collection of poems.

“I am filled with gratitude to have my debut collection of poems published by Free Verse Press, an exciting new publisher of beautiful books, that is sure to make its mark in Charleston and among readers everywhere,” Walder said.

The poet describes her works as “word paintings,” deeply rooted and inspired by the magical and mournful circumstances of her lifetime.

“Six decades in, it is the exact right time to share my poetic journey,” Walder said. “We ‘evolve’ throughout our lives, and I hope that my personal achievement inspires others, no matter their age, to fulfill their own dreams.”

Running Naked in the Snow is available on Amazon, and at fine book sellers throughout Charleston and nationwide. It also will be available as an e-book and audio book later this year.

In addition to being a poet, Walder has been an activist in the field of adult Autism. Her internationally recognized Foundation (The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation) has led the global community in accepting, valuing, and supporting the diversity of adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the mother of an adult daughter and a son (who died of an Autism-related seizure at age 9, and in whose memory the Foundation is named). She is also a recent widow, navigating the crushing loss of her cherished husband.

You can learn more about Walder on her website, LindaJWalderC.

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