Welcome to FIYAHCON 2021

Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and the genius of the Mississippi Delta. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books 2020), is a 2021 Finalist for the Ignyte Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award for Year’s Best Fiction Collection. She is also the author of two hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct 2011). She edited the two-time World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking Black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter and is the first to introduce W.E. B. Du Bois’s science fiction stories and some of the genre’s most celebrated voicesThomas’s 2001 World Fantasy Award was the first received by a Black writer since the award’s inception in 1975. Her work is widely anthologized and appears most recently in Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J. Holland (Titan 2021) and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage 2020). Three of her short stories appear in the inaugural Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction, and her work appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol. 2, and is notably mentioned in The Year’s Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. She co-curated Red Spring: Curating the End of the World, the 4-part online Afrofuturism exhibit featured on Google’s Art & Culture platform. She is the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949 and is the Associate Editor of Obsidianfounded in 1975She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for her contributions to the genre.


Check out Sheree’s work: Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future by Sheree Renée Thomas (Third Man Books); Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins (Third Man Books, October 2021); Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J. Holland (Titan Books)


Find Sheree on her website, or on Twitter at @blackpotmojo, and on Instagram and Facebook at @shereereneethomas.





Southern Inhospitality
Day 1 - 16:40, Track A
A License to Write
Day 1 - 12:30, Track A

Set Layout