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September 10, 2007

Visiting Writers Program Presents Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

On Thursday, September 20, Farmingdale State College's Visiting Writers Program presents poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers reading from her collection. Ms. Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue , Outlandish Blues , and Red Clay Suite . Her themes range from the Biblical figures of Hagar and Sarah, to the brutality of slave ships, and to contemporary domestic life. Religion, culture and history are themes throughout her collection, with a focus on African-American women. She explores how the black woman views herself, her male counterpart, and the world. Held in the Ward Hall Great Room, this event is free and open to the public.

The Gospel of Barbecue won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2001 Paterson Poetry. Ms. Jeffers has won the 2002 Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry, as well as awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Rona Jaffe Foundation.

Her work  has appeared in Black Issues Book Review , Black Warrior Review , Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature , Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam , Callaloo , Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora , Indiana Review , The Kenyon Review , The Massachusetts Review , Ploughshares , Prairie Schooner , Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art , and These Hands I Know: Writing About the African American Family. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma .

For more information, contact Dr. Margery Brown, Director of the Visiting Writers Program, at 631-420-2645.

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