Sheree Renee Thomas
Sheree Renee Thomas is a 4-Time AALBC.com Bestselling Author
Sheree Renée 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.
She is the co-publisher of the literary journal, Anansi: Fiction of the African Diaspora and founder of Wanganegresse Press. Wanga Press’s first title, Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman by Arthur Flowers was short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s LEGACY Award and the PEN Open Book Award. A Cave Canem Fellow, 1999 Clarion West alum, and a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, her fiction and poetry are anthologized in Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press), 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology (Anamnesis Press), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers) edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Riveres, and Nalo Hopkinson’s Mojo: Conjure Stories (Warner 2003), as well as the literary journals Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (NYU/Indiana University Press), Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (Smith College/Wesleyan University Press), Drumvoices Revue: 10th Anniversary Edition (SIUE), Obsidian III: Literature of the African Diaspora (NCSU), Voices: The Wisconsin Review of African Literatures (University of Wisconsin at Madison), and Ishmael Reed’s KONCH. In 2003 she was awarded the Ledig House/LEF Foundation Prize for Fiction for her novel, Bonecarver, and was nominated for the 2003 Rhysling Award in the Short Poem category for her poem, "Starry Crown." Her work, "Black River Ritual" also received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: Sixteen Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003). As a journalist and occasional book critic, her reviews have appeared in AALBC.com, Upscale, The Washington Post Book World, Black Issues Book Review, QBR, American Visions, and Emerge Magazine.
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.
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