Ball State University will welcome author and alumna Ashley Ford for a writer-in-residence program this fall. The university says the residency will allow Ford, who’s memoir has been published under Oprah Winfrey’s book imprint, to share her work and to interact with students and faculty, as well as engage with the campus and local communities.
Ford is the author of “Somebody’s Daughter,” a memoir that explores her life coming of age in Fort Wayne with a single mother and an incarcerated father. The book was published by Flatiron Books under the imprint, An Oprah Book. Ford will join Oprah Winfrey for a virtual event on June 9.
“Ashley is a talented writer and an inspiring role model whom we are fortunate to call one of our own,” Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said. “I am grateful that she is willing to return to campus to share her time and her talents with so many of our students, our faculty, and our staff, along with members of the community. We are all very proud of her.”
During her return to campus, the university says Ford will participate in activities that include class discussions, a reading from her memoir, a book club discussion, and a conversation with Mearns.
Ford was the keynote speaker at Ball State’s fall 2018 commencement, the same ceremony in which she earned her bachelor’s degree from the university.