F159. Zora’s Legacy: Black Women Writing Fiction About the South

Room 202A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


During the Great Migration, many African Americans relocated to the US North. Yet southern culture survives in ancestral memories and in black women’s writing in particular. Why do so many black women writers remain fascinated by the South? This panel features five African American women authors who discuss why they set their work in the South and how they confront specific craft issues when writing fiction about this region of profound cultural resonance.



Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has published four books of poetry, including The Glory Gets. Most recently, she received a poetry fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation and a fiction fellowship from Aspen Summer Words Conference. She is associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.

Tayari Jones is the author of three novels, most recently Silver Sparrow. She is an associate professor at Rutgers-Newark University, and the recipient of fellowships from The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, National Endowment for the Arts, and United States Artists Foundation.

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, and Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012).


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