Tayari Jones is an author who embraces the influence of her hometown.  Events in Atlanta inspired her first novel in 2002, Leaving Atlanta.  She is known for influencing perceptions of her hometown as much as that place defines much of her work.  If you are looking to be inspired by the power of a voice stemming from its roots, please go listen to Ms. Jones at Vanderbilt.

 Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Fiction writer Tayari Jones to read November 8 in Buttrick 101.