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Poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Reads from her Works at W&L

— by on September 18th, 2008

Poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, will read from her work on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Staniar Gallery in Wilson Hall at Washington and Lee University.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry including Red Clay Suite, which was the second prize winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Series; Outlandish Blues; and The Gospel of Barbecue, which won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry, and was the finalist for the 2001 Paterson Poetry Award.

Jeffers has won several accolades for her writing, including a Tennessee Williams Fiction Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers Conference and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Her work recently has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The New England Review and Story Quarterly.

Jeffers, who recently guest-edited an all-black women’s issue of the journal PMS: PoetryMemoirStory, is at work on a fourth book of poetry and her first novel.

W&L’s Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including Mary Oliver and Seamus Heaney.