Ayize Jama-Everett

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Ayize Jama-Everet
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EducationM.Div, Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union M.A., Clinical Psychology, New College of California

Ayize Jama-Everett (born 1974) is an African-American science fiction and speculative fiction writer. He is the author of the trilogy The Liminal People (self-published, 2009; Small Beer Press, 2012), The Liminal War (Small Beer Press, 2015) and The Entropy of Bones (Small Beer Press, 2015).[2][3][4]

In his review of The Entropy of Bones, the writer Charles Yu describes Jama-Everett's work as "resist[ing] easy categorization. [The protagonist's] mixed racial background offers a potentially nuanced look from a perspective that seems underserved." He goes on to say: "If the book veers among different approaches — now a philosophical kung fu master story, now a seduction into a rarefied subculture, now an esoteric universe made from liner notes and the journal entries of a brilliantly imaginative teenager — there’s nevertheless a vitality to the voice and a weirdness that, while not always controlled or intentional, is highly appealing for just that reason."[5] Jama-Everett himself sees his writing as a way to heal people who have long been ignored in mainstream popular culture. He asserts: “There’s a big wound in not being seen, in having your reality not being represented in any way.”[6]


Born in Harlem, New York, Jama-Everett is now based in Oakland, California. He has also lived in New Hampshire and Morocco, and traveled extensively across north Africa, Asia and Mexico. He holds master's degrees in clinical psychology and divinity, and has been a therapist, and a teacher at high school and college levels.[2][3][6]

In 2016, Jama-Everett began collaborating with the illustrator John Jennings, to develop Box of Bones, a comics project. He describes it as unrelated to the Liminal People universe, and like "‘Tale of the Crypt’ meets Black History."[6]

According to Jama-Everett, he was named 'Ayize' by his mother, a word that means 'let it come', in an African root language.[7]


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  4. ^ "Ayize Jama-Everett". Small Beer Press. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  5. ^ Yu, Charles (16 October 2015). "Science Fiction & Fantasy". The New York Times www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Berry, Mike (14 January 2016). "Berkeley author Ayize Jama-Everett: 'It's a great time to be a person of color in comics'". Berkeleyside berkeleyside.com. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  7. ^ Powell, J.B. (19 February 2013). "The Rumpus Interview With Ayize Jama-Everett". The Rumpus therumpus.net. Retrieved 5 June 2016.