Brent Hayes Edwards is a dancer and professor in the department of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. His current literary projects include Black Radicalism and the Archive, based on a lecture given by W.E.B Du Bois; the restoration of Sweet Willie Rollbar’s Orientation, an experimental film made by Julius Hemphill and the Black Artists Group in 1972; and the book Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (forthcoming, May 2017). As a dancer, Edwards was a founding choreographer of the 8 Lives Dance Collective, and has performed recently with Emily Coates and Lacina Coulibaly. Edwards has published and edited a number of books and scholarly articles, including The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (2003) and Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (2004). From 2000 to 2007, he served as a dance panelist for the Center, and in 2017, he served as an LOI panelist in Performance.