Jesmyn Ward to give 4th annual Frey Lecture

March 12, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Jesmyn Ward, a National Book Award-winning author and associate professor at Tulane University, will present the 4th Annual Distinguished Frey Lecture March 19 on Tulane’s uptown campus.

A native of Delisle, Mississippi, Ward will speak on the intersection of literature, race, and place in her work. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center, with a reception and book signing to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

"Jesmyn Ward is currently one of the defining prose writers of the Gulf South region,” said Joel Dinerstein, director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane, which sponsors the annual lecture in honor of Tulane historian Sylvia Frey.

Ward will discuss how her work has been shaped by storytelling and family oral traditions.

"I will talk about what it was like to grow up with stories that reflected the racism and sexism and poverty that I saw around me and what that taught and continues to teach me about what it means to be a writer who writes about the Black experience in the American South,” Ward said recently.

Ward is currently the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor of English at Tulane. Her most recent work, “Men We Reaped,” is a memoir that confronts the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men in her life to drugs, accidents, suicide and bad luck. It was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by such media outlets as The New York Times, NPR and Time magazine.

In 2011, Ward won the National Book Award for her best-selling novel, Salvage the Bones, and in 2009, she won a VCU First Novelist Award for her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds.






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