Ladee Hubbard was born in Massachusetts, raised in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands and currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children. She earned a BA from Princeton University, a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
While attending Princeton, she was mentored by Nobel prize winning author Toni Morrison. She has published short fiction in the Beloit Fiction Journal and Crab Orchard Review among other publications and has received fellowships from the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.
Hubbard is a professor of African studies at Tulane University. Hubbard’s debut novel, The Talented Ribkins, has won the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.