For over twenty years, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been lifting her voice on issues of black culture, racism, American history, and gender through the medium of creative writing.
She is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State, 2000), Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan, 2003), Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois, 2007), and The Glory Gets (Wesleyan, 2015). Her individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, among many others. For her poetry, she has won fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress.
A prose writer as well, Honorée’s essays and fiction stories have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, Indiana Review, JENda: A Journal of Cultural and African Studies, The Kenyon Review Online, New England Review, StoryQuarterly, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race (Scribner 2016), and Virginia Quarterly Review. For her fiction, she has won the Emerging Fiction Fellowship from the Aspen Summer Words Conference, the Tennessee Williams’ Scholarship in Fiction from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Goodheart Prize for Fiction from Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review. A short story of hers was shortlisted for Best American Short Story, and she earned Honorable Mention for the Zoetrope: All-Story prize in fiction.
She has read her work at universities, conferences, and in communities across the country, including the Library of Congress. A native southerner, she has lived on the prairie since 2002, where she is Full Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.