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Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she lived there throughout the civil war and emigrated to the United States when she was eighteen. Ward holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, where she received numerous awards, including Hopwood Awards in Novel and Short Fiction.
Her novel The Bullet Collection (Graywolf Press, 2003), about two sisters growing up in wartime Beirut, received the GLCA New Writers Award, the Anahid Literary Award and the Hala Maksoud Award for Outstanding Emerging Writers. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, and she has held residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Chateau de Lavigny.
In the past few years, Ward has been exploring the field of book arts. Her miniature books and other works have been exhibited in Boston-area galleries, and she is a member of ArtSpace in Maynard, MA. Her installation “Re/Vision,” composed of book-objects made from the shreds of a rejected novel, will be on show as a Featured Artist project at the Center for Book Arts in NYC (tba 2012).
Her work can be seen at www.patriciasarrafianward.com.