Sheree Thomas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sheree Renée Thomas
Born (1972-09-30) September 30, 1972 (age 49)
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
OccupationWriter, Editor, Publisher
GenresFiction, Short Story, Poetry
Notable awardsWorld Fantasy Award

Sheree Renée Thomas is an American writer, book editor, publisher, and contributor to many notable publications. In 2020, Thomas was named editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.[1]


Thomas is the editor of the Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora anthology (2000) and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, Dark Matter, winners of the 2001 and the 2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, which collect works by many African-American writers in the genres of science fiction, horror and fantasy.[2] Among the many notable authors included are Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Charles R. Saunders, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Ishmael Reed, Kalamu ya Salaam, Robert Fleming, Nalo Hopkinson, George S. Schuyler and W. E. B. Du Bois. Dark Matter received the 2005 and the 2001 World Fantasy Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.[3]

Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, 2020), the multigenre collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 James A. Tiptree, Jr. Award[4] and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems, is publisher of Wanganegresse Press, and has contributed to national publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Book World, Black Issues Book Review, QBR, and Hip Mama. Her fiction and poetry has been widely anthologized and appears in "The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945-2010)," in Ishmael Reed's Konch, Drumvoices Revue, Obsidian III, African Voices, storySouth, and other literary journals, and has received Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th and 17th annual collections. A native of Memphis, Thomas lived in New York City for over two decades and is now based in her hometown. In Fall 2020 she was named the tenth editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949. She also serves as the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975.[5]


  • Anansi (1999)
  • Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000), New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology, Gold Pen Award
  • "The Last Moonsong", story in Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (2001)
  • "For the Distinguished Historian...", poem in Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (2001)
  • "The Road to Khartoum", poem in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001), ed. Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera.
  • "How Sukie Come Free", story in Mojo: Conjure Stories ( 2003 )
  • "The Grassdreaming Tree", story in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy (2004), ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
  • Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2004), winner of the World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology
  • "Marrakesh" and "Sky in West Memphis", poems in storySouth (2005)
  • "In the Negro Section of Nashville" and "On Entering William Edmondson's Sculpture Yard in Nashville", poems in storySouth (2005)
  • "Graze a Dark Field", poem in Essence Magazine (2006)
  • "Praisesong on the Passage of a Brilliant Star, from a Dreamer Below", essay in Callaloo, Volume 29.2 (2006)
  • "Survivor at rest", poem in Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (2006), ed. Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartwout
  • "Lore", poem in Southern Revival: Deep Magic for Hurricane Relief (2006), ed. Tamara Kaye Sellman
  • "Ezilie in Cavaillon" in Mythic 2 (2006)
  • "Untitled Old Scratch poem, featuring River" in Mythic Delirium (2006), nominated for the Pushcart Prize
  • "Touch", story in Colorlines Magazine: The national magazine on race and politics// (2006)
  • "sky in west memphis", poem, and "lightning" in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007) ed. Nikky Finney
  • "Malaika Descending", story in Bronx Biannual 2: The Journal of Urbane Urban Literature (2007), ed. Miles Marshall Lewis
  • "What's Your Fantasy: MARVELOUS WORLD", article in VIBE (2007)
  • "Fallen", poem in The 2007 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science fiction, Fantasy, and Horror poetry of 2006, ed. Drew Morse (Science Fiction Poetry Association with Prime Books)
  • "Bender's Bow", story in Colorlines Magazine: The national magazine on race and politics (2008)
  • Two quotes featured in “Language Is a Place of Struggle”: Great Quotes by People of Color, ed. Tram Nguyen (Beacon Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8070-4800-9)
  • Five poems in Tempu Tupu! (Walking Naked): Africana Women's Poetic Self-Portrait edited by Nagueyalti Warren (Red Sea/Africa World Press, March 2008)
  • “The Ferryman”, from Bonecarver in Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New Wave Trajectory, ed. Marleen S. Barr, foreword by Hortense Spillers (May 2008, Ohio State University Press, ISBN 978-0-8142-1078-9 and ISBN 0-8142-1078-3)
  • "Touch", story reprinted in 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and Debbie Notkin (Aqueduct Press, October 2010, ISBN 978-1-933500-43-0)
  • Shotgun Lullabies: Short Stories & Poems (2011), Volume 28 in the "Conversation Pieces Series", Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, ISBN 9781619761117
  • "Introduction" (2015), in Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Turner, Brooklyn, NY: Crossed Genres Press, ISBN 9781625672414
  • "Foreword: Birth of a Revolution" (2015), in Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from the Social Justice Movement, Oakland, CA: AK Press, ISBN 9781849352093
  • "The Dragon Can't Dance" (2015), in Transition Magazine, Issue 117, The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: Indiana University Press
  • "Nightflight" (2015), in Memphis Noir, Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Press, ISBN 9781617753114
  • "River Clap Your Hands" (2015), in the Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Greenbelt, MD: Rosarium Publishing, ISBN 9780990319177
  • Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora (2016), Volume 42.1–42.2, "And So Shaped the World" in Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts, Normal, IL: Illinois State University, ISSN 0888-4412
  • "Treesong" (2016), in An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables, Lawrence, KS: Stone Bird Press, ISBN 9780997381405
  • Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (2016), Volume 50 in the “Conversation Pieces Series”, Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, ISBN 9781933500591
  • "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" (2017), in Sycorax's Daughters, San Francisco, CA: Cedar Grove Publishing, ISBN 9781941958445
  • "Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book" (2017), in Apex Magazine, and in Mojo Rising: Contemporary Writers, Jackson, MS: Sartoris Literary Group, ISBN 9781941644935
  • "Who Needs the Stars When the Full Moon Loves You" (2017), in Revise the Psalm: Works Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, Chicago, IL: Curbside Splendor Press, ISBN 9781940430867
  • "Dear Octavia, Octavia E. Butler, Ms. Butler, Mother of Changes" (2017), in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Australia: Twelfth Planet Press, ISBN 9781922101440
  • "Graze a Dark Field", poem in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018), University of Georgia Press, ISBN 9780820353159


  1. ^ Liptak, Andrew (November 12, 2020). "Sheree Renée Thomas Is the New Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction". Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Acosta, Belinda (May 27, 2005). "Summer Reading: Dark Matter: Reading the Bones". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "wards" Archived October 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, World Fantasy Convention.
  4. ^ 2016 James A. Tiptree, Jr. Award Longlist: Sleeping Under the Tree of Life by Sheree Renée Thomas (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 13, 2006. Retrieved March 11, 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


External links[edit]