2018 Black History Month Author Appreciation: Sheree Renée Thomas

For Black History Month 2018 we here at BlackSci-Fi.com want to celebrate a group of black speculative fiction authors who are killing the game with a wide variety of quality speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, steam funk, sword and soul, and horror. These are the men and women (from past and present) whose imaginations soar in creating some of the most creative speculative fiction content out there. If you’re looking for some good books to read, and a creative way to celebrate Black History Month, look no further.

Editors Note: We know there’s many more kick butt authors out there than 28, so please be happy to know we will focus on these authors throughout the coming year.

5.  Sheree Renée Thomas

From the author’s Amazon page: “Sheree Renée Thomas is a native of Memphis. She is a 2016 Tennessee Arts Fellow, one of three creative writers awarded in the state, and was honored as the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. Her book, Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press, Conversation Pieces Vol. 28), was described by novelist Arthur Flowers as “a wondrous work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” Her newest work, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, Conversation Pieces Vol. 50) received a glowing Starred Review by Publisher’s Weekly.

Her work is published in Callaloo, Smith College’s Meridians, Mythic Delirium, Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora, StorySouth, Harvard’s Transition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Upscale, VIBE, ESSENCE, Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Drumvoices Revue, African Voices, Mythic Delirium, Jalada, and in anthologies such as Nikky Finney’s The Ringing Ear (University of Georgia Press), Nalo Hopkinson’s Mojo: Conjure Stories (Warner/Hachette), Memphis Noir (Akashic Press), Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium Publishing), An Alphabet of Embers (Stone Bird Press), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown Books), Circe’s Lament (Accents Publishing), Revenge (RoboCup Press), Bronx Biannual 2 (Akashic Press), The Moment of Change: Feminist Speculative Poetry (Aqueduct Press), 80! Memories & Recollections of Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct Press), So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy (Consortium Publishing), and SCARAB (Wanganegresse Press), a limited, signed artist edition of the Coptic-bound anthology.

Sheree edited the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (Warner/Hachette/Grand Central) and is the first black writer to win the World Fantasy Awards(2001 & 2005). A Clarion West ’99 grad, Sheree’s writing has received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (vol. 16-17), and was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and two Rhysling Awards.

A mother and a teaching artist, read her new work forthcoming in the anthologies, Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks (Curbside Splendor, January 2017) and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press).”

Click here for a review of “Sleeping Under the Tree of Life” and here for an interview with the author.

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