Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis: Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2020) and The Gospel of Barbecue (The Kent State University Press, 2000), which was selected by Lucille Clifton for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Jeffers has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and won awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation for Women Writers and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. In 2011, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She won the Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year in 2018. She is currently a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Norman, Oklahoma.