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Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Born Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Occupation Novelist, professor
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Jewell Parker Rhodes (born 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American novelist.

Rhodes is professor of Creative Writing and American Literature and former Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Rhodes is the Artistic Director for Global Engagement and the Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.[1]


  • Life 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Novels 2.1
    • Children's books 2.2
    • Nonfiction 2.3
  • Awards 3
    • Writing 3.1
    • Teaching 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Rhodes was born and raised in Manchester, a largely African-American neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh. As a child, she was a voracious reader. She began college as a dance major, but switched to writing when she discovered African-American literature for the first time.[2] She received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University.

Her play, Voodoo Dreams, was cited as "Most Innovative" Drama in the 2000-2001 Professional Theater Season by the Arizona Republic and she is currently at work on a theatrical version of Douglass' Women.[3]

Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts."[1] She has been a featured speaker at the Runnymeade International Literary Festival (University of London-Royal Holloway), Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference and Warwick University, among others.

Recent fiction and essays have been anthologized in Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood (ed., Berry), In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction (ed. Gutkind), Gumbo (ed., Golden and Harris), and Children of the Night: Best Short Stories By Black Writers (ed., Naylor), among others.



  • Voodoo Dreams (1993)
  • Magic City (1997)
  • Douglass' Women (2002)
  • Season (Formerly Voodoo Season) (2005)
  • Moon (Formerly Yellow Moon) (2008)
  • Hurricane (2011)[4]

Children's books

  • Ninth Ward (2010)
  • Su' (2014)
  • Bayou 015)[5]


  • Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors (1999)
  • The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction (2001)
  • Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness (2006)[4]




Jewell Parker Rhodes has been awarded the California State University Distinguished Teaching Award, ASU's Dean's Quality Teaching Award, Outstanding Thesis Director from the Barrett Honors College, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Extended Education. She is a member of the Arizona/International Women's Forum and a Renaissance Weekend invitee.


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External links

  • Jewell Parker Rhodes profile
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes homepage
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