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Honorée Fannone Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. Her first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, is forthcoming from Harper in July 2021; in addition, she’s the author of five books of poetry, most recently, The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan, 2020), based upon fifteen years of research on the life and times of Phillis Wheatley (Peters), a formerly enslaved person who was the first African American woman to publish a book. Jeffers’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (Norton 2013), Callaloo, Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Scribner 2016), The Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Aspen Summer Words Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, and she has been honored with two lifetime achievement notations, the Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction, and induction into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. Jeffers is Critic-at-Large for The Kenyon Review and Professor of English at University of Oklahoma.


Awards: NBCC (2021), Harper Lee (2018)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Gospel of Barbecue (poems) (2000)
   Outlandish Blues (poems) (2003)
   Red Clay Suite (poems) (2007)
   The Glory Gets (poems) (2015)
   The Age of Phillis (poems) (2020)
Non fiction show
Honorée Fannone Jeffers recommends
Homebodies (2023)
Tembe Denton-Hurst
"I saw so much of myself in Homebodies, and in Mickey's utterly delicious and sometimes aching story. Mickey made me look back and love my young Black woman self, and I loved her so much for returning me to that place."
The Covenant of Water (2022)
Abraham Verghese
"From the very first page of Abraham Verghese's The Covenant of Water, I was overtaken with joy. Truly, I caught my breath, absorbing such beauty. What a sure faith this novel is - what an agreement with language. What a glorious story of land and family. What a brilliant path written across generations."
Calling for a Blanket Dance (2022)
Oscar Hokeah
"With intricate prose and unflinching vernacular, Oscar Hokeah chronicles a family and a community. We learn trials and aspirations for each generation, and witness what is woven into complicated arrival. We need these characters and their testimonies. But more than that, we crave -I crave--this kind of honest storytelling. These rhythms. These dances. This beauty. This welcoming to a place where the people speak and are unafraid."

Books containing stories by Honorée Fannone Jeffers
Dark Matter (2000)
A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
edited by
Sheree Renée Thomas

2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction : The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
2018 Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year

Award nominations
2022 PEN/Hemingway Award (nominee) : The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
2022 ALA Notable Books for Adults (nominee) : The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
2021 National Book Award for Fiction (longlist) : The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

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