Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
(Ph.D. candidate, NYU, American Studies)
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Institute of African American Affairs, NYU
41 East 11th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
This year-long series of conversations began back in October 2011 with inaugural speaker Angela Davis and continued this past February with writers Aracelis Girmay, Angie Cruz, and Marie-Elena John. This third installment promises to be an engaging dialogue featuring diasporic women of African descent writing new visions of the world. By charting their own spaces and territories, they introduce a new creativity that recasts issues of style, gender and transformation. Their works go beyond the literature strictly about and reserved for women; their own powerful voices to the social, political and literary arts landscapes become critical.
For over a decade, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been lifting her voice on the issues of black women in literature, African American culture, and American society. She is the author of three award-winning books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue, Outlandish Blues, and Red Clay Suite, and she is a fiction writer as well. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma, where she is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Coordinator.
Martha Southgate is the author of four novels. Her newest, The Taste of Salt, published by Algonquin Books, is in stores and available for pre-order now. Her previous novel, Third Girl from the Left, won the Best Novel of the Year award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was shortlisted for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award. Previous non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine,O, Premiere, and Essence.
ZZ Packer is the author of the short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and The Best American Short Stories 2000 and 2004 and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine as well as one America’s Best Young novelists by Granta Magazine.