Jesmyn Ward is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, the latter of which won the 2011 National Book Award. Her memoir, Men We Reaped, won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Publisher's Weekly, Time, Vogue, and others.
Ward has been a Stegner Fellow and the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She was recently awarded the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ward edited an essay collection on race in America called The Fire This Time, and it is forthcoming from Scribner in August 2016. Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, and lives there now.
[Author photo by Kim Welsh.]