SHEREE RENEE THOMAS
October 2015

Seattle, WA –  Sheree is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, where she is teaching a Writing the Marvelous Real / magical realism course. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West ’99 Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle and has served as an awards juror for the Speculative Fiction Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and the James A. Tiptree Awards. A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, Sheree was awarded the Lee Hope Award for Diverse Voices and the Ledig House / LEF Foundation Award for Fiction. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (16th and 17th volumes). Her essays and book reviews appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, and numerous other publications. Her short stories and poems have appearred in numerous literary journals and anthologies.  She has new fiction forthcoming in Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center of Harvard, in the anthologies Memphis Noir edited by Laureen Cantrell and Leonard Gill (Akashic Press) and An Alphabet of Embers edited by Rose Lemberg (Stone Bird Press), and an original graphic novel forthcoming from Rosarium Publishing.

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