Jesmyn Ward

American writer

Jesmyn Ward (April 1, 1977) is an American novelist and an associate professor at Tulane University.

Jesmyn Ward (2011)


  • I know that I could, but it feels very unnatural for me to strip my prose like that, in part because place is so important to me. I feel like in the reading I did when I was growing up, and also in the way that people talk and tell stories here in the South, they use a lot of figurative language. The stories that I heard when I was growing up, and the stories that I read, taught me to use the kind of language that I do. It's hard for me to work against that when I am writing.

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