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

September 22, 2021 via Zoom

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (The Age of Phillis), the award-winning poet and essayist, joined us for 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 was joined in conversation by poet A. Van Jordan (The Cineaste).

In Conversation

  • Honoree Jeffers by Sydney Foster

    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.

    Photo Credit: Sydney A. Foster


    A. Van Jordan

    A. Van Jordan

    A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times; Quantum Lyrics (2007); and The Cineaste (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015). He serves as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature at The University of Michigan.

    Photo Credit: Anthony Alvarez