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Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward to visit MSU campus

The writer Jesmyn Ward (USA), New York, New York, March 29, 2017. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Mississippi native and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will be visiting the Mississippi State University campus on Tuesday, April 12.

The public is invited to join the writer at a free event where she will read excerpts from her award-winning writing in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

“It truly is an honor to have Ms. Ward engage with our MSU faculty, staff, students and Starkville community,” said MSU Vice President for Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Ra’Sheda Forbes. “Not only is she a prolific writer with numerous accolades, but she is a Mississippian which provides a deeper connection and understanding of the history and experiences.”

Ward has broken through barriers with her writing as the first woman and person of color to win two National Book Awards in fiction in its 72-year history with her novels Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Her other works include Navigate Your Stars, Where the Line Bleeds, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Men We Reaped.

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