Marginalia: Jesmyn Ward

Nov 10, 2017

Jesmyn Ward
Credit Beowulf Sheehan

If Jesmyn Ward’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she won the National Book Award for fiction in 2011 for Salvage the Bones.

Or it might be because she was just named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, which means she was awarded a genius grant.

Or it could be because of her new book, Sing, Unburied, Sing, which has already been named a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 books of 2017.

I spoke with Jesmyn Ward recently about her new book and all of her accolades. Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:


That was Jesmyn Ward, author of the book Sing, Unburied, Sing which was published by Scribner. 

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

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