CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Actor, activist, and author Julian J. Walker will visit HUDUBAM Booktraders (110 Franklin Street, Suite 101) in downtown Clarksville on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
Walker will recite portions from his new book of poetry, a year without you. This is his first published book of poems, and Walker said he is thrilled to be able to share it with the world.
“It is the journey through the year of being without someone. Each chapter is the beginning of the season,” he said.
The poems stem from his experiences during his transition from college into his career, during which time he journaled extensively to chronicle his emotions, trials, and triumphs. Those honest journal entries, especially those about relationships, eventually morphed into his collection of poetry.
“The book is so beautiful,” Walker said. “I tried to be as raw and vulnerable as I could be within it. A know that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with not only just day-to-day stuff but trying to figure out life. What does life mean for me? It’s so beautiful to see people who are reading the book and are actually inspired by it.”
Since its publication in January 2019, a year without you has become a required reading for two freshmen intermediate reading courses at The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS) for the 2019 spring semester and added to the Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS) campus library.
In addition to writing, Walker has also dabbled in acting. He most recently had a recurring role as Tyrone “TY” Nicholas on the BET series “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union.
Walker made his acting debut in the 2015 film “Blackbird” starring Academy Award-winner Mo’Nique and veteran actor Isaiah Washington. The coming-of-age film depicts the story of a high school student coming to terms with his sexuality.
Although Walker has plans to continue his acting pursuits he is currently focused on his nationwide book tour and his activism. Throughout the tour, he has shared his poems with students at multiple universities, including his own alma mater.
“When I was able to speak to the college students when I went back to my old university and community college, it was so inspiring to see these students. College was a very transitional period for me in my life. It was a lot of learning,” he said. “For me it’s very rewarding to go back to colleges and inspire communities.”
Walker also serves as the celebrity ambassador for MOBI (Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative), a New York-based organization that creates safe spaces for gay and queer people of color to communicate and start conversations. MOBI hosts events throughout the year and invites people from the creative community to tell their struggles and success stories to attendees.
Walker said he is excited for Saturday’s event at HUDUBAM in Clarksville. It will mark his first trip to the city and he hopes to meet poetry lovers in the area.
“I’m so thankful for the support I’ve received,” he said.
Copies of a year without you will be available for purchase at the event and Walker will sign copies for guests.
For more information about Julian Walker or to purchase a copy of his book, visit his official website.