<b>Honorée Fanonne Jeffers</b> is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including <i>The Age of Phillis</i>, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the<i> Los Angeles Times </i>Book Prize for Poetry. She was a contributor to <i>The Fire This Time</i>, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include fourteen US presidents, and is a critic at large for the <i>Kenyon Review</i>. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.