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I wrote the first draft of my first novel at Michigan, and then I wrote the first draft of 'Salvage the Bones' at Stanford. So I workshopped the entire thing. ---->>>

I'm a failed poet. Reading poetry helps me to see the world differently, and I try to infuse my prose with figurative language, which goes against the trend in fiction.

I'm a failed poet. Reading poetry helps me to see the world differently, and I try to infuse my prose with figurative language, which goes against the trend in fiction.

My mom worked as a housekeeper, and I saw her relationship with her employers - how on the one hand she spent more time with these women than with a lot of her friends, and how in certain ways they were friends. But then they weren't. ---->>>

That's why I write fiction, because I want to write these stories that people will read and find universal. ---->>>

I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South. ---->>>

I feel like the kind of people I write about are the kind of people I grew up with, the families that I know in my community. Most everyone is working-class, and there are some intact families, but a lot of families aren't. ---->>>

While I've said that there are plenty of things I dislike about the South, I can be clear that there are things I love about the South. ---->>>

Hip-hop, which is my generation's blues, is important to the characters that I write about. They use hip-hop to understand the world through language. ---->>>

I read the last Harry Potter, and I cried for at least the last 70 pages. Awful! I was curled into a ball and I just kept sobbing. It was embarrassing. I was loud, and I just kept wiping tears away so I could see the page. ---->>>

It infuriates me that the work of white American writers can be universal and lay claim to classic texts, while black and female authors are ghetto-ized as 'other.' ---->>>

My father owned pit bulls when I was young. He sometimes fought them. My brother and a lot of the men in my community owned pit bulls as well: sometimes they fought them for honor, never for money. ---->>>

When I look back on my reading habits when I was really young, I was really drawn to stories about strong girls who in some ways are outsiders. ---->>>

When I read 'Absalom, Absalom!,' I remember being really excited about it and telling all my friends they had to read it, especially my writer friends. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-12, 1977
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Occupation: Novelist
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Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel Salvage the Bones, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the cyclone, and the day after (wikipedia)