Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books), her first all fiction collection, and her work appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945–2010) edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage Anchor). She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award, and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct Press), described as a “revelatory work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” A Cave Canem Fellow honored with residencies at the Millay Colony of the Arts, VCCA, Bread Loaf Environmental, Blue Mountain, and Art Omi / Ledig House, her stories and poems are widely anthologized and her essays appear in The New York Times. She edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning volumes, Dark Matter (2000, 2004), that first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fiction and was the first Black author to be honored with the World Fantasy Award since its inception in 1975. She serves as the Associate Editor of the award-winning journal Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Illinois State University, Normal) and the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949. Sheree was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for her contributions to the genre. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid.