"Every Word Must Conjure"
--from The Road to Khartoum, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam
Sheree R. Thomas
Sheree Renee Thomas (Sheree R. Thomas) is a writer, editor, small publisher, educator, visual artist, and mother whose work has appeared in numerous publications and literary journals.
A native of Memphis and the mother of two daughters, Thomas is a member of the Beyond Dusa Women's Collective, the Black Pot Mojo Craft Circle, the New Renaissance Writers Guild, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and teaches creative writing and short fiction at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Manhattan. Her first anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Book World Editor's "Rave," won the World Fantasy Award and the Gold Pen Award. Her second book, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, was released on January 2, 2004 by Warner Aspect. She is currently editing a third volume in her groundbreaking black science fiction series, tentatively titled Dark Matter: Africa Rising, in addition to Eldersongs, her oral history and poetry program and other writing projects designed to uplift, engage, and enlighten the community.
Lullabies: Stories & Poems
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Publisher: Aqueduct Press; First edition (January 31, 2011)
In this first collection of the stories and poetry of Sheree Renee Thomas, memory is the only force strong enough to counter the terrors of a scarred and forgetful world.
Thomas's characters are people scraping by in slave quarters and institutional margins, people in search of freedom and transformation who come face to face with apocalyptic powers. Thrown back on their wits and their lore, they turn to unexpected sources to make sense of things: to girl-children, old women, old skills, old magic, and forgotten ties of kinship with the natural world. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, Thomas's language is the stuff of life and the struggle to call things by their true names. It reaches through time in search of the transformation that will allow us to survive diaspora with memory and soul intact. These shotgun lullabies puncture the walls between us and our past, the people and their birthright.
Format: Hardcover, 416pp
Pub. Date: January 2004
Publisher: Warner Books, Incorporated
Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
The critically acclaimed, award-winning anthology Dark Matter was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Book World "Rave" Book of the Year. An innovative and landmark collection, it presented some of the most profound, moving, and entertaining speculative fiction from the African diaspora. Now editor Sheree R. Thomas delves further into this inspirational wellspring with a new volume of great stories that illuminate our world...
DARK MATTER: READING THE BONES
Expanding the fields of fantastic fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, this exciting collection of stories, essays, and interviews combines classic tales from great authors with original pieces from emerging black writers. The interests of black writers are manifold; their voices, themes, and aesthetics are as diverse as the homeland of their ancestors. With vision and authenticity, DARK MATTER: READING THE BONES divines greater insight into the stunning variety of the black literary tradition.
This rich collection displays narratives of courage, from women in an African forest challenging deep-rooted cultural expectations to hard-eyed urban men in American housing projects resisting a hostile world. From oral folktales to futuristic speculative fiction, from the comedy of the trickster to haunting meditations on survival, these authors explore love and lore, identity and community.
Compelling, complex, and poignant, this new anthology of African-rooted literature will dazzle you with its multifaceted scope.
ibo landing by ihsan bracy
The Quality of Sand by Cherene Sherrard
Yahimba's Choice by Charles R. Saunders
The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson
Desire by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Recovery from a Fall by David Findlay
Anansi Meets Peter Parker at the Taco Bell on Lexington by Douglas Kearney
The Magical Negro by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Jesus Christ in Texas by W. E. B. Du Bois
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? by Henry Dumas
'Cause Harlem Needs Heroes by Kevin Brockenbrough
Whipping Boy by Pam Noles
Old Flesh Song by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Whispers in the Dark by Walter Mosley
Aftermoon by Tananarive Due
Voodoo Vincent and the Astrostoriograms by Tyehimba Jess
The Binary by John Cooley
BLACKout by Jill Robinson
Sweet Dreams by Charles Johnson
Buying Primo Time by Wanda Coleman
Corona by Samuel R. Delany
Maggies by Nisi Shawl
Excerpt from Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
Trance by Kalamu ya Salaam
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Transcription of a Panel at the 1997 Black Speculative Fiction Writers Conference Held at Clark Atlanta University
by Jewelle Gomez
Celebrating the Alien: The Politics of Race and Species in the Juveniles of Andre Norton
by Carol Cooper
Edited by Sheree R. Thomas
Format: Hardcover, 427pp
Pub. Date: July 2000
Publisher: Warner Books, Incorporated
Speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction are assumed to be the genres of alternative thought; however, too often these realms of imagination reflect only the Occidental vision and culture. Now an important new anthology, the first of its kind, explodes such preconceptions with more than a century of fantastic fiction by preeminent and emerging authors of the African diaspora, including recipients of literature's most prestigious awards.
This richly vibrant collection of stories and
essays displays the brilliance of writers ranging from the early pioneers, such
as Charles W. Chesnutt, W. E. B.
Du Bois, and George S. Schuyler, to Samuel R. Delany and
Octavia E. Butler -- whose classic sf became the
springboards for their fame -- to such renowned figures of the African American
literary tradition as playwright-critic Amiri Baraka and
satirist Ishmael Reed. Dark Matter also highlights a
wide spectrum of talents who have garnered both genre and mainstream acclaim,
including Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle
Gomez, Nalo Hopkinson,
Walter Mosley, and Kalamu ya Salaam.
Astonishing, compelling, erotic, and profound stories of worlds within and beyond abound in Dark Matter. This comprehensive, landmark collection is a vital contribution to an exciting universe of fresh metaphor and myth.
A few of the Dark Matter Contributors
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction
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by Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel R. Delany (Introduction)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (October 1, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy is an
anthology of original new stories by leading African, Asian, South Asian and
Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of color.
Stories of imagined futures abound in Western writing. Writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson notes that the science fiction/fantasy genre 'speaks so much about the experience of being alienated but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves.' It's an oversight that Hopkinson and Mehan aim to correct with this anthology.
The book depicts imagined futures from the perspectives of writers associated with what might loosely be termed the 'third world.' It includes stories that are bold, imaginative, edgy; stories that are centered in the worlds of the 'developing' nations; stories that dare to dream what we might develop into.
The wealth of postcolonial literature has included many who have written insightfully about their pasts and presents. With So Long Been Dreaming they creatively address their futures.
Contributors include: Opal Palmer Adisa, Tobias Buckell, Wayde Compton, Hiromi Goto, Andrea Hairston, Tamai Kobayashi, Karin Lowachee, devorah major, Carole McDonnell, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Eden Robi.
Black Pot Mojo (Blog)
Occasional musings, magick, & lore from Sheree Ren'e Thomas. Editors note: Trust me when I tell you you will love this Blog!
New York Foundation for the Arts - Sheree Ren'e Thomas
SCIFI.COM Dark Matter: Reading the Bones review by Pamela Sargent
Time Warner Books author page - Sheree R. Thomas
Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center
The Carl Brandon Society - supporting speculative fiction writers of color
The Speculative Fiction Foundation - supporting excellence in speculative
Afrofuturism.net - exploring futurist themes in black cultural production
Charles Blockson Literary Collective