Brent Hayes Edwards is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies. With Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004). Since 2001, he has served as the co-editor of the journal Social Text. His book Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination will be published by Harvard in 2011. His current projects include a translation of Michel Leiris’s L’Afrique fantôme and a cultural history of “loft jazz” in downtown New York in the 1970s.