Honorée Fanonne Jeffers



Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including the 2020 collection The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award, the George Washington Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was a contributor to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in the Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and other literary publications. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen U.S. presidents, and is Critic at Large for Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at University of Oklahoma. The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois is her first novel and was a New York Times bestseller, longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and an Oprah Book Club Pick."
 
 
 
 

 

May's Read of the Month

The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and White—in the Deep South. Along the way, Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience, that is the story—and the song—of America itself.
 

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Honorée's Book Recommendations

Check out some of Honorée's favorite books and read why she loved them so much!

 

Notes of a Native Son
By James Baldwin

If you’ve ever been on social media and wondered why everybody is quoting James Baldwin, this fiery, brilliant collection of essays will explain why.
 

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Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir
By Lucille Clifton


Wherever I am emotionally, there is a Clifton poem that I can connect to and that teaches me something of importance. This is my favorite poetry collection by her, one that I return to constantly.
 

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The Souls of Black Folk
By W. E. B. Du Bois


When you think of African American history, you think of Du Bois. What I love about this early collection of his essays is how emotionally vulnerable he is here, when talking about the pain of racism in America.
 

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Roots
By Alex Haley


This was the first “big book” that I ever read as a child. Based on research of Haley’s multigenerational family, this is a fascinating, utterly satisfying read that brings history to life.
 

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Ties That Bind
By Tiya Miles


To me, the best nonfiction reads like a gripping novel. Miles always finds a way to tell little known, essential aspects of American history, while keeping her readers enthralled.
 

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Collected Poems
By Sonia Sanchez


Sanchez is a living American treasure. Her poetry is so meticulously written, but so accessible, too, especially for folks who are a little scared of poetry.
 

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Since 1996, the month of April has served as National Poetry Month to remind people of the role poets and poetry have played in our culture and history. Over the past 25 years, National Poetry Month has grown into of the largest literary celebrations in the world. To help you celebrate this year, we’ve created a list of 30 poetry books, one for each day in April. We’ve featured some of our favorite new releases, the most anticipated upcoming collections, classic works by some of poetry’s most influential voices, poetry from around the world, and the perfect poetry books to read with your kids, so whatever your age or interests you’re sure to find the books you need to keep your celebration going all month long.


New Releases

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Coming Soon

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Poetry for Young Readers

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Classics

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Poetry in Translation

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Celebrate Women's Voices for Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements women have made, and a recognition of their hard-fought progress and historic moments over the course of history. Whether you are looking to educate yourself on the powerful women who have shaped the world, engross yourself in the poetic musings of some of literature’s most influential figures, or open yourself up to a whole world of women’s literature, we have the recommendations for you below.


Stories of Extraordinary Women

 
 
 
 
 

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Contemporary Women's Fiction

 
 
 
 
 

Women in Translation

 
 
 
 
 

New Hits From Favorite Authors

Explore past bestsellers and the new novels coming out soon by the same authors.


Did you enjoy The Guest List by Lucy Foley?
Get ready for The Paris Apartment coming February 22


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…

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Did you enjoy Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho?
Get ready for Illogical coming March 22

Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called “logic”: the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom—logic—out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he’s empowering us all to do the same.

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Did you enjoy On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong?
Get ready for Time is a Mother coming April 5

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

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