Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of Ninth Ward, Bayou Magic, and Sugar. Her writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Jewell now lives in Arizona. She is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
Her most recent novel for young readers is Towers Falling, a story about 9/11 set 15 years later. Jewell wrote this story realizing that so many born after 2001 could not put the tragedy into context.
Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”
Her honors include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards.