Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the author of The Gospel of Barbecue (2000), for which she received the Wick Poetry Prize.
Jeffers was born in 1967 and grew up in Durham, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Her work examines culture, religion, race, and family. Her first book, The Gospel of Barbecue (2000), won the Stan and Tom Wick poetry prize and was a 2001 Paterson Poetry prize finalist. Her collections also include Outlandish Blues (2003), Red Clay Suite (2007), which received second prize in the Crab Orchard Review’s open competition, and The Glory Gets (2015).
The Gospel of Barbecue
for Alvester James