Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Longlist, 2020 National Book Awards

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a poet whose work examines culture, religion, history, and family. She is the author of four other books of poetry, including The Glory Gets, and the recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress.
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The Age of Phillis

ISBN 9780819579492 Wesleyan University Press

In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. More about this book >

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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a poet whose work examines culture, religion, history, and family. She is the author of four other books of poetry, including The Glory Gets, and the recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. An elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, she teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma where she is a professor of English.

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