Tayari Jones a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. "Silver Sparrow" was named a number one Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016.
Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa and Arizona State University. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 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.
Her most recent novel is "An American Marriage."