Then, two young women build a literary empire around poetry and life lessons. We talk with Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie, the And I Thought Ladies.
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HonorÁ©e Fanonne Jeffers
HonorÁ©e Fanonne Jeffers’ debut novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois is already racking up the kudos—and it’s only been out since August 24.
So what’s it all about? The great writer Jacqueline Woodson—a former Writer’s Voice guest—describes it:
“This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers’ deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.”
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is about a family through the centuries and also about one young descendant living in the contemporary world, discovering her family’s story.
The author of five acclaimed books of poetry, HonorÁ©e Fanonne Jeffers brings her poetic lyricism to her prose in this, her debut novel. Jeffers is Professor of English at University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie, The And I Thought Ladies
Francesca met Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie, The And I Thought Ladies, when they invited her onto their podcast.
She Googled their work and found it includes a series of poetry books self-described as “literary life guides with w/ pop poetry,” called the And I Thought series, a “Miss-Fit Guide”, at least one podcast, at least two magazines, a store, a literary festival and more.
They are a dynamic duo, but, more than that, they are two very thoughtful and energetic women who seek to make a difference in people’s lives with poetry.
Next week on Writer’s Voice,we talk with Julia Sweig about her acclaimed book about the White House years of Lady Bird Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight. Don’t miss it!