Meta DuEwa Jones is currently the John E. Sawyer Fellow at the National Humanities Center. An Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is the author of The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press, 2011), awarded honorable mention for the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize. She specializes in poetry and the influence of jazz, hip hop, and visual art on American, especially African American, literature. Her poetry, essays, articles and interviews have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Her research and writing have also been supported by fellowships from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Mellon, Rockefeller, and Woodrow Wilson foundations, the Stanford Humanities Center and the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia.