Jesmyn Ward

Winner, 2017 National Book Awards
Winner, 2011 National Book Awards

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Lines Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award.
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Sing, Unburied, Sing

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ISBN 9781501126062 Scribner / Simon & Schuster /

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature. More about this book >

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Salvage the Bones

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ISBN 9781608195220 Bloomsbury USA /

A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real. More about this book >

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Jesmyn Ward reads from her novel, Salvage the Bones at the 2011 NBA Finalists Reading


Jesmyn Ward’s 2011 National Book Award in Fiction acceptance speech


Jesmyn Ward accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction (full speech)

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Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Lines Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award.

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