I met Tayari Jones about six years ago at a book party in Harlem for her second novel, The Untelling. Tayari just completed a fellowship at Harvard and she teaches at Rutgers University. She was recently profiled in Arts Atlanta.
One of the cool things about Tayari is that she often shares on Twitter and her blog news about writing retreats, grants and fellowships. In addition, She often gives tips on writing. Her third book, Silver Sparrow, is now available in paperback, and would be a great one to add to your summer reading list.