Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning author and the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Her books for adults have won the American Book Award and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Literary Excellence. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book, and a Notable Book for a Global Society.