Biography

 

Tayari Jones by Beowulf Sheehan

Tayari Jones by Beowulf Sheehan

Tayari Jones is the author of three novels:  Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow.  Her fourth, An American Marriage will be published in February 2018.  Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo.  She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Jones has received various awards and notices including The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.  Silver Sparrow was recently added the NEA Big Read Library, a selection of contemporary classics.  The Village Voice wrote that “Tayari Jones is fast defining black middle class Atlanta the way that Cheever did for Westchester.”  The American Booksellers chose Silver Sparrow as the #1 Indie Next pick for June 2011.  Library Journal , O Magazine, Slate and Salon all selected the novel among the best of the year.  National media coverage includes O Magazine, Vogue, Poets and Writers, NPR’s All Things Considered, among other venues.  In addition to being chosen by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as an Honor Book, Silver Sparrow was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the 2013 IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award.

A recipient of a Lifetime Acheivement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation,Tayari Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.