For over 20 years, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been lifting her voice on issues of Black culture, racism, American history, and gender through the medium of writing. Jeffers is author of the novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (2021); an Oprah’s Book Club pick, Love Songs was long-listed for the National Book Award in Fiction. An award-winning poet, her most recent collection, The Age of Phillis (2020) was long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry, and won both the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She is also the author of the poetry collections, The Gospel of Barbecue (2000); Outlandish Blues (2003); Red Clay Suite (2007); and The Glory Gets (2015). Recently, she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. Jeffers is a Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.