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Oak Bluffs Author Wins Prestigious Fiction Prize

Jennifer Smith Turner’s recent book Child Bride was named best fiction e-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and BiblioBoard. The book is about a young girl who grows up in the segregated South. Announced April 22, the award honors the best self-published ebooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S.

A poet and writer who recently served as interim CEO of the Newman’s Own Foundation, Ms. Smith Turner lives full time in Oak Bluffs. She is currently working on her third collection of poetry for publication.


“The captivating story of a young woman’s struggle to endure life in an oppressive marriage and her determination to find opportunity, happiness, and true love. A beautifully written, compelling book.”

–Lois Lewis, former writer and editor for Know Your World Extra

“This is a poetic and visual feast. Jennifer Smith Turner is an authentic and moving American poetic voice, and Valarie Smith’s art has a simple and moving sensitivity that brings the spoken image to life. This book is more than an homage to African American heroes; it is an homage to the the American spirit.”

–Walter Harrison, Retired President, University of Hartford

“Perennial Secrets is an elegant work. The language is sheer and the imagery delicate. It shimmers with light. I am very glad to put it on my poetry shelf.”

—Maya Angelou

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