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Master of Craft Talk with Jesmyn Ward

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


MacArthur Genius Jesmyn Ward is described as the standout writer of her generation. The first woman, the first Black person, and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction—joining the ranks of Faulkner, Bellow, Cheever, Roth, and Updike—Ward’s novels Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) and Salvage the Bones (2011) build deep empathy for the human condition, especially for Black folk. Her memoir, Men We Reaped, delves into the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows poverty-born Black people. Men We Reaped won the Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives.

Join us for this RWW Masters of Craft Talk where award-winning author Jesmyn Ward discusses literary craft tools and techniques while in conversation with Nicole Shawan Junior.


February 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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