Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six novels: three historical tales, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, and the mystery trilogy, Season, Moon and Hurricane. Her first children’s novel, Ninth Ward, was selected as one of the “Best Books of 2010” by School Library Journal. Rhodes has published a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, and two creative writing texts: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction. Her honors include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, 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. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.