Professor Tayari Jones Offers Insights on the Legacy of Poet Maya Angelou

Acclaimed novelist and Professor Tayari Jones, who teaches in Rutgers University–Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program, was recently sought out by a number of media outlets to lend insight into the legacy of poet, activist and writer Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86.

Jones is featured in a video interview with Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg, and wrote an moving tribute to Angelou in the U.K. daily The Guardian.

Jones is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and Silver Sparrow. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Callaloo, MacSweeney’s, The Believer, and New Stories From the South. She also has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The United States Artists Foundation, and the arts councils of Illinois and Arizona.

Jones also sits on the board of directors of Girls Write Now, a non-profit serving New York City at-risk or underserved teenagers. She is part of a large, dedicated and accomplished group of female writers who mentor girls attending public schools throughout the city, 100 percent of whom graduate and move on to college.