Part of her desire to teach at Emory was the opportunity to continue in that tradition, Jones said. “A major draw for coming to Emory was the opportunity to teach and mentor undergraduates, and to foster the next generation by helping young writers find their voice and their path,” she said.
Jones comes to Emory from Rutgers University-Newark, where she was a founding member of the university’s graduate program in creative writing. She spent the most recent academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Also a graduate of the University of Iowa and Arizona State University, Jones is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the United States Artist Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and the Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.
“It is a deep pleasure to welcome to our faculty an artist with the talent and reach of Tayari Jones,” said Michael A. Elliott, the dean of Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Her appointment extends Emory’s remarkable record as a home to important voices in contemporary literature.”