Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas writes:
An award-winning writer, editor, small publisher, educator, visual artist, and mother whose work has appeared in numerous publications and literary journals, Sheree is the co-publisher of the literary journal, Anansi: Fiction of the African Diaspora and founder of Wanganegresse Press, editor of the groundbreaking black science fiction series, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of the World Fantasy Award.
Sheree's work has been nominated for a Rhysling Award and received Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 16th and 17th collections edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow; Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. She has written book reviews and articles for such publications as The Washington Post Book World, VIBE Magazine, Upscale, and Black Issues Book Review. Her stories and poems appear in 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct Press), So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan (Arsenal), The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South edited by Nikky Finney (University of Georgia Press), ESSENCE Magazine, storySouth edited by Jason Sanford, Colorlines Magazine edited by Daisy Hernandez, Bronx Biannual 2: The Journal of Urbane Urban Literature edited by Miles Marshall Lewis (Akashic Press), Mojo: Conjure Stories (Warner Books), the 2006 and 2003 Rhysling Award anthologies, Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita edited by Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartwout, Southern Revival: Deep Magic for Hurricane Relief edited by Tamara Kaye Sellman, MYTHIC 2, Mythic Delirium edited by Mike Allen, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (Smith College), Role Call edited by Samira A. Bashir, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Tony Medina, (Third World Press), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera (Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishing Group), Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (NYU), Obsidian III edited by Gerald Barrax and Afaa Weaver, and Drumvoices Revue: 10th Anniversary Edition edited by Eugene Redmond, among others.
A native of Memphis and the mother of two daughters, Thomas is a member of the Beyon'dusa Artist Collective, the Black Pot Mojo Craft Circle, the New Renaissance Writers Guild, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and taught creative writing and short fiction at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Manhattan.
She has been the Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow, and a Rhysling Award nominee; has received an Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: 16th annual, Ledig House/LEF Foundation Prize for Fiction, 2005 and 2001 World Fantasy Award; has attended master workshops with Ursula Le Guin, Jacqueline Johnson, and Marilyn Hacker; is included in Miriam DeCosta-Willis' Notable Black Memphians (Cambria Press, 2008); and has been the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series at Dixon Place and a guest curator at the South Street Seaport Museum.
She is a member of the New Renaissance Writers Guild, Beyon'dusa Artist Collective, The Cave Canem Foundation, Speculative Literature Foundation, Carl Brandon Society, PEN, Freelancers Union, the National Writers Union, and Afrofuturism.net