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Jerry W. Ward, Jr. wins Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award

Posted on February 22, 2011 | No Comments

Our very own Jerry Ward was one of two writers to receive the the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award at the 22nd Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. Ward was recognized for his literary scholarship, which includes the anthologies Black Southern Voices (with John Oliver Killens) and Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry, the essay collection Redefining American Literary History (with A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff), and the autobiographical The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery. He is also co-editor, with Maryemma Graham, of the soon to be released Cambridge History of African American Literature.

For more information on the award, and a list of former winners (who include Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote and John Grisham), click here


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