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Jesmyn Ward Professor Department of English Tulane University

Jesmyn Ward



Jesmyn Ward is the 2011 National Book Award winner for her novel Salvage the Bones. A native of DeLisle, Mississippi, she received her undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in media studies and communication from Stanford University. Publishers Weekly called her debut novel, 2009's Where the Line Bleeds, "Starkly beautiful...a fresh new voice in American fiction." Her latest work is the 2013 memoir Men We Reaped. She is the recipient of Tulane's first Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship, with which, in addition to teaching with the English Department, she will also work closely with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Newcomb College Institute.