Phillis Wheatley’s Birthday

On May 8, we are celebrating Phillis Wheatley’s birthday. Phillis Wheatley was an African American poet who published books of poetry after being enslaved in America.

The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a book of poetry which imagines the life of Wheatley. Jeffers is a poet who examines a variety of topics in her work.

Karla Strand of Ms. magazine praises her work: “With her latest volume, award-winning poet Jeffers presents an arresting and meticulously researched collection of poems imagining the life of remarkable life and revolutionary work of Phillis Wheatley.”

The Age of Phillis is published by Wesleyan University Press and is available here. 


Josephine is a senior graduating in December of 2021 currently double majoring in neuroscience & behavior and molecular biology & biochemistry. She is from Methuen, MA and graduated from Shrewsbury High School. After graduation she plans to pursue science communications opportunities and is considering continuing education in this area. Outside of academics, she is a leader of the Kpop Dance Crew. She also enjoys arts and crafts including drawing and crocheting.