‘The Age of Phillis’ comes to LCSC’s Visiting Writers Series

click to enlarge Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers



Honoree Fanonne Jeffers has been using her voice for the past 20 years to write about Black culture, racism, American history and gender.

She will be doing a reading from her book, “The Age of Phillis” that explores those themes at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 13) as part of an online event through Lewis-Clark State College’s Visiting Writers Series.

The free event will be livestreamed on the Humanities Division YouTube channel at youtube.com/channel/UCEnSOeB9uNfBGuRoqnvBzWA/videos.

“The Age of Phillis” is a look at the life and times of poet Phillis Wheatley Peters and the era surrounding her. The book was long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry and nominated for the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.

Jeffers also is the author of a novel released this year, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” which was selected by Oprah for her book club and was a Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of the Year. The book follows Ailey’s journey into her family’s past in the deep South that includes Indigenous, Black and white ancestors.

Jeffers is a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and received a lifetime achievement award, the 2018 Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction.

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