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For over a decade, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been lifting her voice on the issues of black women in literature, African American culture, and American society. She is the author of three award-winning books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue, Outlandish Blues, and Red Clay Suite, and she is a fiction writer as well.

Her poems and stories have appeared in literary journals such as African American Review, American Poetry Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Callaloo, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Story Quarterly; in over a dozen anthologies; and a story of hers was cited as one of the “100 More Distinguished Stories of 2008″ in Best American Short Stories 2009.

She has won awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,  American Antiquarian Society, the MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma, where she is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Coordinator.

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  1. Philip Jones permalink
    January 25, 2010 1:42 am

    Became a friend of yours on fb awhile ago and was just browsing the internet. You are into alot I would like to subscribe to your blog and be kept on any mailing lists of yours or that you might deem appropriate. I can learn alot from folks like you so please keep me in the loop OK?

  2. April 7, 2010 1:27 pm

    I just discovered your blog today. Love it.

  3. October 18, 2010 1:24 pm

    I’m having a blast working with your work for Approaching Poetry.
    Hope the days are being good to good you!

    • October 18, 2010 3:03 pm

      Hey there Jack! Good to hear from you, and thanks for the kind words! The days are good here, though the landscape is flat. We don’t have the beauty of Michigan out here on the prairie.:-)


  4. January 29, 2012 12:25 am

    I am sitting here alone LMAO loudly! This was beautiful! When I first saw the photo, all I could think of is “thank God she didn’t do that to the proverbial Angry Black Woman or to a young “gang banger”. Your description was right on. When I wanted to let my children know I meant business, one hand would go on the hip; and I would shake that finger with the other. They absolutely got the message and immediately stopped the undesirable behavior. As parents we use it to teach; we know better than to do it to adults.

    I even tried to give her the benefit of the doubt because I gesture, constantly. I imagined my explaining something using my hands with no harm intended. and the camera just caught me at that time. Which definitely could have happened. If she had just not given interviews, I would have tried to not assume the worst, because, surely, she would not intentionally disrespect the President of the United States. She told me I was wrong.

  5. wilma permalink
    January 29, 2012 2:04 pm

    Thank you. Your blog on the ‘finger pointing’ was perfect.

  6. Rebecca C permalink
    May 1, 2012 8:57 pm

    I happened to pick your name out of a hat in my high school American Lit class and I’m sure it was God who put that paper into my hand because the more research I did the more your ideas and ideals were so spot on. Thank you for writing and Blogging. :)

    • May 1, 2012 9:46 pm

      Miss Rebecca:

      Thank you for reading! And I’m glad you picked my name out of that hat.:-)


  7. Kacy permalink
    February 20, 2013 4:16 pm

    Ms. Honoree Jeffers, I was so happy to stumble upon your blog today (and your tumbler). I am a former student, and often think about you and your writing and your energy – how you inspired, challenged and entertained me at the University of Oklahoma. It is difficult, during the days of university, to truly appreciate the great lessons to be learned from your professors and the rich, creative environment you may never again duplicate.

    I am so glad to see you are well! I intend to read as much as possible, and look forward to your newest book of poetry and your novel.

    Peace be with you!

    • February 21, 2013 2:58 pm

      Kacy! You know I remember you! How lovely it is to hear from you, and thank you for these good words. I always need kindness. I hope all is well in your world–and that you’re still writing! (Are you hearing my “Professor Jeffers” stern voice? Smile.) If you get back to OU, come by and give me a holler. Same junky office in the same place. :-)

      Prof J


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