Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for her novel Salvage the Bones, the story of a poor black family in the days immediately surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Ward, herself a survivor of Katrina, grew up and still makes her home in DeLisle, Mississippi, a town she fictionalized in both Salvage the Bones and her eloquent debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds. Heralded by the Library Journal for her “fearless, toughly lyrical language,” Jesmyn Ward is a fitting heir to the rich literary tradition of the American South. She confronts poverty, racism, natural disaster, and community devastation with gravitas and grace. Her memoir, Men We Reaped, deals with the loss of five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Lauded as a “modern rejoinder to Black Like Me [and] Beloved,” (Kirkus Reviews) Men We Reaped is a beautiful and painful homage to Ward’s past, her ghosts, and the haunted yet hopeful place she still calls home. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, it has been named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, Kirkus Review, New York Magazine and Time Magazine. Ward currently teaches creative writing at Tulane University.