Sheree Thomas

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Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Sheree Renée Thomas at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Born (1972-09-30) September 30, 1972 (age 51)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationWriter, Editor, Publisher
GenresFiction, Short Story, Poetry
Notable awardsWorld Fantasy Award

Sheree Renée Thomas (born September 30, 1972) is an American writer, book editor and publisher. 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] 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]


  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. ^ "Authors: Sheree R. Thomas". Archived from the original on March 13, 2006. Retrieved March 11, 2006.


  • Bringing Challenging Feminist Science Fiction to the Demanding Reader (Aqueduct Press) [1]
  • Thomas, Sheree Renée (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction) [2]

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