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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Durham , NC , United States
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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Born in 1967, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers received an MFA from the University of Alabama. She is the author of the poetry collections The Glory Gets (Wesleyan University Press, 2015);  Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007); 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, edited by Sheree R. Thomas (Warner Aspect, 2000); Identity lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan (Penguin Books, 1999); At Our Core: Women Writing About Power, edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz (Papier-Mache Press, 1998); and Dark Eros, edited by Reginald Martin (St. Martin's Press, 1997).

Jeffers 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. In 2011 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Norman, Oklahoma.



The Glory Gets (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)
Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007)
Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan University Press, 2003)
The Gospel of Barbecue (The Kent State University Press, 2000)

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A Black came in after dinner and sat with the ladies...Lord M...calls her Dido, which I suppose is all the name she has. He knows he has been reproached for showing fondness for her...

        From The Diary and Letters of His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson,
        August 1779

for Jerry Ward, Jr.

Shallow curve of the land
between master and owned
I have dismissed you until I come
upon kin     Since time my jaws
have collected accusations
from memory     No logic
grinding my teeth     I have not
been sold     The telling of the


for Phillis Wheatley (c.1753-1784)

                                [amnesiac wood]

[nostrils of girls]	        [who was bought]	        [uncle’s hand]
[guts on the air]	        [who was sold]		[defeated man]
[history’s charnel]	        [i say] 	                [trader’s