Professor of Creative Writing Jerald Walker documents a youth that may not have predicted his present position as Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. He will read from and take questions about his latest memoir, "The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult" (2016). Professor Walker is also the author of "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption" (2010), which won the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for Nonfiction. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, the Oxford American and The Best American Essays, among other sites. This is the first lecture in the Great Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series, 2017-18.