Sheree Thomas

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Sheree Renée Thomas is an American writer, book editor and publisher.

Thomas is the editor of the Dark Matter anthology (2000), in which are collected works by some of the best African-American writers in the genres of science fiction, horror and fantasy. 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 was honored with the 2005 and the 2001 World Fantasy Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.[1]

Thomas is the publisher of Wanganegresse Press, and has contributed to national publications including ;;The Washington Post "Book World", Black Issues Book Review, QBR, and Hip Mama. Her fiction and poetry have appeared 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, she lives in New York City.[2]


  • 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 Callalloo" 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 9781933500591




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