Jewell Parker Rhodes began her writing career with three works of historical fiction–Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, and Douglass’ Women. She has also written a trilogy of contemporary mystery novels–Season, Moon, and Hurricane. As if all that wasn’t trouble enough (Jewell believes writing is some of the hardest work in the world!), she has also published a memoir, Porch Stories, and two books of nonfiction on writing technique. Her most recent book, Ninth Ward, is her first book for children.
Jewell has received multiple awards for her writing, including the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards.
Jewell lives with four wild things: a feisty Jack Russell, and three incorrigible cats. She has two children, now grown and gone. She has one husband, without whom none of her books would ever have been completed.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is also the Artistic Director for Global Engagement and the Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
She loves her work as a teacher at Arizona State. Most recently, she taught a class on the short story, and had a blast!