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Carl Walworth

Born: January 6, 1961 in Olney, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Walworth is an Illinois native. He was raised in Newton and currently resides in Mattoon.

Biography: Carl Walworth worked for thirty-one years as a reporter, editor, and later publisher in both the daily and weekly newspaper businesses. Walworth has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He lives with his wife, Kathie, in Mattoon, Illinois, the current home base for his work as a freelance writer.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Son of Southern Illinois: Glenn Poshard’s Life in Politics and Education
ISBN: 0809339188 OCLC:

Southern Illinois University Press 2023

A life of principles, service, and faith This first biography of Glenn Poshard traces the life of a young man who rose from rural poverty in Southern Illinois to become a United States congressman and president of the Southern Illinois University system. This profound portrait unveils a life and career dedicated to making higher education affordable and improving the quality of life for the community of Southern Illinois. Beginning with his childhood in a two-room home near Herald, Illinois and the early, tragic loss of his sister, this biography navigates Poshard’s service in the military, his time as a state senator and United States congressman, his run for governor, his years at Southern Illinois University, and the establishment of the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children. Intimacies of his personal life are disclosed, such as his struggles with and treatment for depression, his passion for education, and the lasting bonds he formed with his teachers. His unpopular decision to refuse PAC donations is also highlighted, along with the work that went into sponsoring the Illinois Wilderness Act, and his relationship with civil rights activist John Lewis. Glenn Poshard’s efforts for the Wilderness Act designated Southern Illinois’s famous Garden of the Gods as a National Wilderness Preservation System, which continues to attract visitors from around the world. Poshard’s path from poverty was riddled with hardship, but his perseverance and family values ultimately allowed for longstanding personal and civic growth. From an admirable work ethic to a steadfast commitment to problem-solving, this biography illuminates the life and accomplishments of an impressive and generous leader.

The Mayor of Moultrie Avenue: The Literacy Journey of an Unlikely Pair
ISBN: 1483579581 OCLC: 962257812

BookBaby 2016

Carl Walworth decides to volunteer for Project PAL's literacy program. He meets Eldo and learns that even when people can't read they still have a wealth of information and knowledge within them. Carl also learned that two people from entirely different backgrounds can have a rich and enduring friendship.