Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Born in 1967, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan University Press, 2003) and The Gospel of Barbecue (The Kent State University Press, 2000), which was selected by Lucille Clifton for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.
Her work has been anthologized in Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (ed. Sheree R. Thomas, 2000), Identity lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American (ed. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, 1999), At Our Core: Women Writing About Power (ed. Sandra Haldeman Martz, 1998), and Dark Eros (ed. Reginald Martin, 1997).
She has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and won awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation for Women Writers and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. She earned an MFA from the University of Alabama. Jeffers now teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma where she is an associate professor of English.