Portia Jeffries was a member of the English faculty at Seattle Central Community College from 2003 until her retirement in 2014. She taught composition, contemporary world literature, and creative writing.
Before returning to Seattle, she was an instructor at the University of California at Santa
Barbara, Montgomery College in Maryland, Northern Virginia Community
College, Florida State University’s extension campus in Panama, the
University of Swaziland, and served as chair of the English department at the International School of Bangkok. She received a Master's degree in English from the University of Washington where she also served as research assistant to James Goodman, the first director of the university’s Black Studies Program.
Ms. Jeffries spent her early years in California and in France, interspersed with occasional stays at her North Carolina family home. For a good part of her adult life, she worked in Washington DC and also traveled extensively, residing and teaching in Central America, Asia, southern Africa, and Italy.
She has two sons: Maro, who holds a degree in engineering from Yale University, and Carl, who earned an A.B. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and art at Dartmouth College.