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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is critic at large for the Kenyon Review. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, The Glory Gets (Wesleyan, 2015), and the forthcoming novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Harper, 2021). She has received fellowships from the Aspen Summer Words Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Library of Congress, as well as an award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction, a lifetime achievement award. She is professor of English at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Nov/Dec 2020

Inspecting a Region of Converging Territory (Including Parts of Georgia, Alabama, & Tennessee), Which Contains Three Different Places Named “Etowah,” Where I am Trying to Locate the Birthplace of My Paternal Great-Great Grandmother Mahala Anderson Flippin, Who May or May Not Have Been a Cherokee Woman

By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. Listed as Mulatto on the census     twice           before she died & was tossed aside                     by her son & her husband           both of whom would […]

The Blues: A Craft Manifesto weekend-reads

By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

The first slave ship landed on the shore and an African disembarked, meeting her fate. A couple of centuries and some change later, that slave’s great-great-great- and too-many-greats-to-mention descendants toted sacks down cotton rows, looked up at that fiendish sun. Bore the sacks up again.