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Jewell Rhodes

Faculty w/Admin Appointment, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author Ninth Ward, a children's book, as well as five adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Voodoo Season, and Yellow Moon; and a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness. A sixth novel, Hurricane, will be published Aoril 2011.

She has also authored two writing guides: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction. Her play, Voodoo Dreams; was cited as "Most Innovative" Drama in the 2000-2001 Professional Theater Season by the Arizona Republic.

Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her literary awards 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, two Arizona Book Awards, and a finalist citation for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Ninth Ward has received a Gold from the Parents' Choice Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award.

Professor Jewell Parker 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.

  • Doctor of Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "Dillard University: Friday Late Afternoon," from YELLOW MOON. Best African American Fiction 2010, edited by Nikki Giovanni (2010).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. MAGIC CITY. (2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. YELLOW MOON. (2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. YELLOW MOON. (2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone". Defenders Online (2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina: Ressurection Delayed". The Defenders Online (2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. YELLOW MOON. (2008).
  • Melissa Pritchard. DEVOTEDLY, VIRGINIA. (2008).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "Dynamic Dialogue". NAMING THE WORLD & OTHER EXERCISES FOR THE CREATIVE WRITER (2007).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "Down South". An Original Amazon Shorts, e-publication (2007).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness. (2006).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. VOODOO SEASON. (2006).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. DOUGLASS' WOMEN. (2005).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. VOODOO SEASON. (2005).
  • . . Review of: various (2005).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. Literary Valentine. (2005).
  • . . IN FACT: The Best of Creative Nonfiction (2004).
  • . . Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood (2004).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker (Author) . Meeting Frederick - novel excerpt. GUMBO: STORIES BY BLACK WRITERS (2004).
  • Jewell Rhodes. Interview with Jewell Parker Rhodes. Water-Stone Review (2003).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. DOUGLASS' WOMEN. (2003).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker (Author) . Forward. Proverbs for the People (2003).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. Contributing Editor. (2003).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. DOUGLASS' WOMEN. (2002).
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Love Be True - novel excerpt. Hunger Mountain (2002).
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "Excerpt from MAGIC CITY". Fiction Reading at Aberysthwth University in Wales (Dec 2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "Reading from NINTH WARD". Literary Showcase: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Oct 2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. "A Converstion with Jewell Parker Rhodes". Melbourne Literary Festival (Aug 2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. Workshop Seminar: Writing Thrillers and Mysteries". Melbourne Literary Festival (Aug 2009).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. National Book and Media Tour for Yellow Moon: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia. MULTIPLE Media & Bookstore readings for YELLOW MOON (Sep 2008).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. Reading/Lecture "DOUGLASS' WOMEN: A Re-imagining". Gilbert Lecture, Southern Mthodist University (Apr 2008).
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes. Keynote Reading, Margaret Donnelly Lecture, 'MAGIC CITY: Fiction and the Tulsa Race Riot". Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pa (Jan 2008).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. Mystery Narratives. International Writing Conference at University of London-Riyal Holloway (Apr 2006).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. History as Narrative in Black Literary Texts. Center for Black Literature/Medgar Evers, CUNY Conference (Mar 2006).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. Crossing Borders: Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. 412 Festival at the University of Pittsburgh (Nov 2005).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. History and the Creative Imagination. Honors Programs University of Portland (Oct 2003).
  • Rhodes, Jewell. Martin Luther King's Dream of Imagining. Celebration of Unity, City of Chandler
  • Faculty International Committee Founding Member, Member; also, Subcommittee: Academic Affairs; Study Abroad & Intl. Student Mobility (2008 - Present)
  • ASU Honorary Degree Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers, Member (2004 - 2020)
  • Arizona Arts, Sciences and Technology Academy, Member: Program Committee (2004 - 2020)
  • International Women's Forum, Arizona Chapter Member: Membership Subcommittee. since 2005 (2003 - 2020)
  • Associated Writing Programs, Member (2000 - 2020)
  • Childsplay, Board of Trustees (2003 - 2008)
  • Regent’s Professor Nomination Committee, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Literary Society of the Valley of the Southwest State Board, Executive Board Member (2005 - 2008)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Founding Artistic Director & Endowed Chair, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (2003 - 2008)
  • Community Embedness Steering Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Santan K-8 School, Chandler, Keynote Speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • ASU Provost Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Tenure Review Committee- Women's Studies, Reviewer (2005 - 2006)
  • Divisional Deans Search Committee: Humanities & Social Sciences Positions, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • ASU Academic Advisory Council for Dr. Crow, Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Faculty Women's Association, Executive Board Member (2002 - 2006)
  • Friends of the Scottsdale Library, Author Presentation (2006 - 2006)
  • Friendship Village Retirement Community, Speaker (2005 - 2006)
  • Celebration of Unity, Judge for Middle School and High School Creative Expressions Contest - two successive years (2003 - 2005)
  • Tempe Arts Festival, Interviewer for "Book Street," Author: Martin Cruz Smith (2005 - 2005)
  • CLAS Director of Development Search Committee, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Director of Strategic Projects in the Humanities (2002 - 2003)
  • University Design Team, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • ASU NAtional Accreditation Team, ASU MAIN, ASU EAST & ASU WEST Site Visit, Member (2001 - 2003)