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
Born in 1967, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry: 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. She earned an MFA from the University of Alabama. She now teaches at the University of Oklahoma, where she serves as Associate Professor of English.
Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007)
Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan University Press, 2003)
The Gospel of Barbecue (The Kent State University Press, 2000)