Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents.

The author’s books are set in the poor, black Mississippi community where she grew up, a place where, she says, “the past bears very heavily on the present.”

(Image credit: Emily Kask for NPR)

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