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Associate Professor

2001, Ph.D., English and American Literature, Stanford University
1996, M.A., English, Stanford University
1995, B.A., English, Princeton University, magna cum laude


Meta DuEwa Jones authored The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the Spoken Word (University of Illinois, 2011), awarded honorable mention for the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize. Jones’ current manuscript, Black Alchemy, is a hybrid genre work of poetry, theory, and memoir that explores collaborations between writers and visual artists as they map memories of and travels within the African diaspora. Jones’ creative scholarship, focused on African American literature and inter-arts, has been published in diverse venues. Jones’ research and writing has been supported by fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, and Mellon foundations, the Stanford Humanities Center and the Carter G. Woodson Institute

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  • The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry From the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word. Urbana, IL:  University of Illinois Press. Hardcover, 2011; Paperback 2013. Modern Language Association, William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Awarded Honorable Mention, 2012.
  • The String of Grace: Renovating New Rhythms in the Present-Future of Poetry,” Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Foreword by Rita Dove, ed. Joanne V. Gabbin and  Lauren K. Alleyne, forthcoming, Northwestern University Press, December 2019.
  • “Poetics,” Keywords in African American Studies.  Eds. Erica Edwards, Roderick Ferguson, and Jeffrey Ogbar. New York: NYU Press. 2018:147-151
  • “Reframing Exposure: Natasha Trethewey’s Forms of Enclosure,” (ELH) English Literary History. 82.2 (2015): 407-429.
  • “James Baldwin’s Poetics,” The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed. Michele Elam, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015: 41-55.
  • “Crown of Roses, Amaranthine,” with Michael Ray Charles, Every World Is A Head, Every Head Is A World, (Austin: Flatbed Press, 2019)
    • “Crown of Roses, Amaranthine,” in collaboration with Cherise Smith and Michael Ray Charles, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas, Sep 2019 – Jan – 2020.

Teaching Awards

  • Black Students Association, Outstanding Faculty & Staff Award, Finalist, UT-Austin, 2006.
  • Superintendent’s Junior Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1995


  • John E. Sawyer Fellowship, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2018-2019
  • Schlesinger Library, Harvard University Research Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2018
  • Public Voices Fellow, The Op-Ed Project, UT-Austin, 2016-17
  • “Digital Diaspora Research Equipment Grant.” College of Arts & Sciences., Howard University, 2017
  • Mellon Faculty Research Grant, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, 2014
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship 2008-2009
  • Furious Flower Fellow, Lucille Clifton Summer Seminar, James Madison University, 2009
  • Hurston-Wright Foundation Fellow, Summer Poetry Workshop, American University, 2006
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Diasporic Racisms Project, Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies, UT-Austin 2003-2004
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2000-2001
  • Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, Stanford University 1998-1999

Courses Taught:

  • [Engl155] Black Visual and Graphic Narratives and the Speculative
  • [Engl472] Special Topics: African American Literature: Contemporary Legacies of the Black Arts Movement 
  • [ENGL 472] Black Aesthetics, Visual Art and African American Literature
  • ENGL [283]  Life Writing: Black Music, Memoirs, and Faith 
  • [Engl875]Critical Race Theory: Memory in Black Diaspora Art and  Literature
  • [Engl875] Black Diaspora Poetics
  • [Eng283] – Life Writing: Black Women Writers

Curriculum Vitae / Resume