Tulane University announced this morning that associate professor of English Jesmyn Ward is one of the recipients of this year's "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award comes with a $625,000 stipend to be paid out over five years to pursue the recipient's line of work.
In a statement, Ward said, "It’s a life-changing award. It means that people are looking at your body of work and seeing, and it's validation that I must be doing something right."
It's the second national recognition for Ward in recent days; last week, it was announced Ward's novel Sing, Unburied, Sing is among five finalists for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction. She previously won a National Book Award for her 2011 novel Salvage the Bones.
Ward will discuss and sign copies of Sing, Unburied, Sing at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m. Oct. 12.