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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers on The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois with A. Van Jordan

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT September 22, 2021

Online via Zoom

This event was originally scheduled for July 26 with Honorée Jeffers and Natasha Trethewey. It will now take place on Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm with Jeffers and poet A. Van Jordan.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (The Age of Phillis), the award-winning poet and essayist, joins us to discuss the launch of her much-anticipated fiction debut The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois. Her book follows Ailey as she delineates the story of her various ancestors—Black, Indigenous, and white—and pieces together the numerous tales of oppression and resistance within her family’s past. Kirkus Reviews says, “If this isn’t the Great American Novel, it’s a mighty attempt at achieving one.”

Jeffers will be joined in conversation by poet A. Van Jordan.


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In Conversation

  • Honoree Fannone Jeffers author photo - Zach Cihlar

    Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

    Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

    Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry volumes and has published writing in The Fire This Time, Kenyon Review (where she is Critic at Large), Iowa Review, and more. For her latest volume of poetry, The Age of Phillis, Jeffers was longlisted for a National Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection. Honorée was recently named the winner of the 2021 United States Artists Fellowship and has been nominated for a NAACP Image Award. She was one of a handful of authors highlighted in the recent ABA Buzz Panel. Jeffers teaches creative writing and literature at University of Oklahoma.