Jewell Parker Rhodes (born 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American novelist and educator.
Rhodes has published six novels for adults, including American Book Award winner Douglass' Women and the Marie Laveau trilogy. Rhodes is best known for her middle grade book Ninth Ward, which received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. It is the first book in her Louisiana Girls trilogy, which also includes Sugar and Bayou Magic. Her newest book, Towers Falling, was released on July 12, 2016.
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. She is also a professor of Creative Writing and American Literature and the former Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.
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