On September 13, 2017, Sewanee English Professor Elizabeth Grammer took her African American Literature class to visit acclaimed writer Jesmyn Ward in Nashville, TN.
Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English At Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel Salvage the Bones, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the cyclone, and the day after.
Ward was at Parnassus Books in Nashville to promote and perform a reading from her new novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, an "epochal story...through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle."
Prof. Grammer's students attended Ward's reading and were able to meet and obtain signed copies of Ward's new novel. The trip was part of Prof. Grammer's ENGL 395: African-American Literature Class, which studies major traditions of African-American writing from the nineteenth century to the present.