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Robert G. O'Meally
Robert G. O’Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he founded the Center for Jazz Studies. His books include The Craft of Ralph Ellison (Harvard, 1980), Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday (Little, Brown, 1989) and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey (2009)—the catalogue essay for an exhibition of the artist’s collages based on Homer. He edited The Jazz Cadence of American Culture (Columbia, 1998) and co-edited The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1996). His co-production of the recording The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian, 1997) was nominated for a Grammy Award. He also has won a Guggenheim fellowship (1988) and a Cullman Center New York Public Library fellowship (2008-2009). O’Meally’s book-in-progress is a study of improvisation as a strategy in music, literature, and painting.