Sheree Renée Thomas – Special Guest
Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning short fiction writer, poet, and editor with fellowships and residencies from the Millay Colony of Arts, Bread Loaf Environmental, VCCA, Cave Canem Foundation, and Smith College. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and conjure, her roots in Memphis, and in the genius culture created in the Mississippi Delta. She is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press), longlisted for the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct), described as a “revelatory work like Jean Toomer’s Cane.” Her work is widely anthologized and her essays have appeared in the New York Times. She edited the World Fantasy Award-winning speculative fiction volumes, Dark Matter, and serves as the Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Illinois State University, Normal) and Founding Editor of Mojo. Look for Trouble the Waters: Tales of the Deep Blue (Rosarium, 2020) and her new story collection, Nine Bar Blues (Third Man Books. May 2020). She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.