Bill Walker

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Bill Walker, d. 1974

William Addison (“Bill”) Walker was the author of one collection of poetry, A-w-w Hell, published by the Potomac Review (Issue 1, Summer of 1959). He was the subject of a long profile (“The King of Do Thy Thing”) by Dick Dabney in The Washingtonian Magazine in May 1981. Walker, together with his wife, Ruth (Born “Ruth Murray” and died “Ruth France”), founded the beatnik era jazz and poetry coffee house, Coffee ‘n’ Confusion, which was first located at 912 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., and then 945 K Street, N.W. He was close friends with other D.C. poets of the late 1950s, such as Percy Johnston. For more on Bill Walker and the beat coffee houses of Washington, D.C., see Mark Opsasnick’s article in Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Walker’s daughter is poet, Brandel France de Bravo.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: "Coffee n Confusion and Jim Morrison" [1]

Submitted by Brandel France de Bravo, July 2015.

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