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Jesmyn Ward
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Born April 1, 1977 (1977-04-01) (age 44)
Berkeley, California, US
Occupation Writer, professor
Language English
Alma mater
Genres Fiction, memoir
Notable works
  • Salvage the Bones
  • The Fire This Time (ed.)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing
Notable awards
  • National Book Award for Fiction (2011, 2017)
  • MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship (2017)

Jesmyn Ward (born April 1, 1977) is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for her second novel Salvage the Bones and won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction for her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. She also received a 2012 Alex Award for the story about familial love and community in facing Hurricane Katrina. She is the only woman and only African American to win the National Book Award for Fiction twice.

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