Honorée’s fifth poetry book project, The Age of Phillis, imagines the life and times of the Revolutionary-era poet Phillis Wheatley, a former slave who was the first woman of African descent to publish a book. Through poetry, Honorée enters the life of this extraordinary woman, as well as explores the Transtatlantic Slave Trade, the Age of Enlightenment, and African and African American identity.
Honorée’s first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, is a generational saga spanning two hundred years and three cultures. At its center is Ailey Pearl Garfield, the black descendant of a multi-racial line of fierce women who have worked land that once belonged to Creek Indians.
In her first nonfiction full-length project—for now, untitled—Honorée interrogates the tangled web of history, racial politics, and personal epiphanies. One of those pieces, “‘The Dear Pledges of Our Love’: A Defense of Phillis Wheatley’s Husband,” was published in the critically acclaimed anthology, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Scribner 2017).