Poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers presents and talks about her poem "Tuscaloosa: Riversong," July 29, 2005, beside the Black Warrior River in Alabama. Jeffers is the author of The Gospel of Barbecue (2000), Outlandish Blues (2003), and The Age of Phillis (2020).
"Tuscaloosa: Riversong" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.
Part 2: Jeffers examines the river imagery in section five of "Tuscaloosa: Riversong"
About the Poet
An Alabama native, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State University, 2000), which won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry and was the finalist for the 2001 Paterson Poetry, and Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). Jeffers also has won the 2002 Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Black Issues Book Review, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown, 2001), Callaloo, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Warner/Aspect, 2000), Indiana Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World, 2002), and These Hands I Know: Writing About the African American Family (Sarabande 2002). She is completing a third book of poetry and her first book of collected fiction.
Cover Image Attribution
Horton Mill Covered Bridge Over Black Warrior River, February 7, 2021. Photograph by Flickr user Jimmy Emerson, DVM. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Cover Image Attribution:"Black Warrior River." Moundville, Alabama, August 2010. Photography by Jeffrey Reed. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons license: CC BY-SA 3.0.
Jeffers, Honorée Fanonne. The Gospel of Barbecue. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000.
Jeffers, Honorée Fanonne. Outlandish Blues. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2003.
The Black Warrior Watershed