Ladee Hubbard received a doctorate in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in fine arts in fiction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After teaching in the Africana Studies Program at Tulane University, she published her first novel, “The Talented Ribkins,” which received the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, and was deemed one of the best books of 2017 by the Kirkus Review. The book has been optioned for film by Viola Davis’ production company. Her second novel, “The Rib King,” will be published in 2020 and a collection of short stories is slated for publication in 2021.
Ladee Is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has received additional fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Sacatar Foundation, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among other organizations. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Callaloo and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other literary journals. Her nonfiction appears in the Times Literary Supplement.