About Sheree Renée Thomas

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Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning short story writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. Her writing has been supported with fellowships and residencies from the Millay Colony of Arts, Bread Loaf Environmental, VCCA, Ledig House / Art Omi, Blue Mountain Center, Cave Canem Foundation, NYFA, Tennessee Arts Commission, The Wallace Foundation, and Smith College where she served as the Lucille Geier-Lakes Writer-in-Residence. The Studio Museum in Harlem commissioned her to create original poems for the William Edmondson, Bill Traylor, Chris Ofili exhibition and her writing has been translated in Spanish, French, and Urdu.
 
Sheree’s work is widely anthologized and has appeared in numerous literary publications, including
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, Sycorax’s Daughters, Afrofuturo(s), Jalada, Do Not Go Quietly, Memphis Noir, Stories for Chip: A Tribute To Samuel R. Delany, So Long Been Dreaming: Post-colonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, Revise the Psalm: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Revenge, Curating the End of the World, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, Lightspeed, The Ringing Ear, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Apex Magazine, An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables, The Moment of Change: Feminist Speculative Poetry, Memories & Reflections On Ursula K. Le Guin, StorySouth, Hurricane Blues, African Voices, Meridian, Harpur Palate, Eleven Eleven, Drumvoices Revue, Fiyah, Fireside Fiction, Strange Horizons, Obsidian, Renaissance Noire, Harvard’s Transition, Callaloo, Essence, Vibe, The Washington Post Book World, and The New York Times.
 
A Pushcart-nominated author honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best annuals, her work appears in
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945 – 2010) edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage Anchor July 2020). She edited the groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000, 2001) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2004, 2005, Grand Central Publishing / Warner Aspect) that won two World Fantasy Awards and first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fiction and exciting new voices in the genre. At the time, Sheree was the first black author to be honored with a World Fantasy Award since its inception in 1975. Sheree served as a 2019 Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA and was recently honored as 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for her contributions to the field. She is a 2021 Writer Guest of Honor of Worldcon (DisCon III) to be held in Washington, DC in August where she will have the honor of co-hosting the 2021 Hugo Awards Ceremony with fellow Writer Guest of Honor, author Malka Older. Sheree is also a 2021 Guest of Honor of WisCon 45, the world’s largest feminist science fiction convention held annually in Madison, WI.


She was the inaugural recipient of the LA (Leslie) Banks Award for outstanding achievement in the speculative fiction field. Her hybrid, multigenre collection, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press) was longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers’ Weekly Starred Review. Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct 2011), was described as a “revelatory work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” She serves as the Associate Editor of the historic award-winning peer-reviewed Black Arts literary journal, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Illinois State University, Normal).
 

Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, 2020) is her first fiction collection. She lives in her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee near a mighty river and a pyramid.

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Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press July 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct January 2011). She edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter (2000 and 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories.  Her work is widely anthologized and appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage, 2020). She is the Associate Editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian. She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre.

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