Ladee Hubbard is the author of two novels: The Talented Ribkins– which received both the Ernest J. Gaines Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction—and The Rib King. Her collection of short stories, The Last Suspicious Holdout, was published in March 2022. She is a recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim fellowship and has also received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and the American Academy in Berlin, among other organizations. She earned a BA in English from Princeton University, a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently lives in New Orleans, and will be appearing at Word of South in conversation with the author Tom Piazza.