Monday, July 30, 2007

Sheree in VIBE and a few other publications

Well, I'm not even going to say anything about 50's busted photo--oops!--but if you turn to pages 22 and 48, why, you could see yours truly and my interview of an exciting debut fantasy novelist, Troy CLE. Check out his new fantasy series, MARVELOUS WORLD: Book 1 - The Marvelous Effect and keep yours eyes for the next five volumes.

vol. 2

The New York Free Press published an article about the second volume of this new Hip Hop literary journal. Read it here. I was out of town for our first reading, but I will definitely be in NYC this fall for the upcoming one, when maverick editor and globetrotter Miles Marshall Lewis makes his way back from his home in Paris.

From the publisher, Akashic Books: Bronx Biannual is the most important literary journal in hiphop America. Consider Bronx Biannual an urban Paris Review, or McSweeney's Quarterly Concern from a hiphop standpoint. The journal publishes new writing--fiction, essays, reportage, interviews, poems--twice a year. The intention is to publish both celebrated and unsung writers on a variety of subjects germane to the black aesthetic. Urbane urban literature: bourgeois yet boulevard. Bronx Biannual will be fluid like water. No guiding manifesto per se, no set format. Issues might be published as graphic novels, or with two sheets of metal bound like a spiral notebook and shrink-wrapped in a Mylar sleeve, or with a concept in mind of what the Factory might've come up with had Andy Warhol put out a literary journal. Like XXL magazine edited by Rhodes Scholars at Oxford or Vanity Fair edited in the South Bronx at the Point. The sophomore issue includes new short stories by Sheree Renée Thomas, Sun Singleton, and Michael A. Gonzales; an account of white usurpation of Zora Neale Hurston's legacy by Liza Jessie Peterson; a poetic essay on racism by Uptown editor SékouWrites; and Def Poetry on Broadway poet Staceyann Chin on the tragedy of New Orleans.

Here is a reader's review from

""The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South," a compulsively rich anthology edited by Nikky Finney, raises many of the usual arguments about identity politics and aesthetic quality. But another, and more personally interesting, comes from a different quarter: Why is this anthology so much better than any Southern-based collection edited by a white writer in recent years? After all, these have contained African-American writers (and even women).

But they have not been nearly as representative of the old and the young; the native-born Southerners and the emigres, even the visitors; the formalists and the writers of free verse, not to mention Ebonics and spoken word poets. Forrest Hamer, from whose work the book's title is taken, is one of the better-known newcomers; others to watch are Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Sharan Strange, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Hermine Pinson, Earl Braggs, Harryette Mullen, and Kendra Hamilton, to name only a few.

There are moments in Finney's anthology when readers might well feel that quality has been sacrificed for inclusiveness. Preferring gumbo to poached okra when it comes to such matters, I licked the bowl clean. "


Blogger Demon Hunter said...

Congratulations on Vibe and the other publications, Sheree! That is great! I cannot wait to read your article or short story. I'll have to pick them up. Are you planning on another edition of Dark Matter as well? If so, when? And will unpublished authors be allowed to participate? Thanks!

7/31/2007 10:07 AM  
Blogger Sheree Renée Thomas said...

Thank you, Tyhitia!

To read my short story, "Touch," along with new stories by Edwidge Danticat, an interview with Thomas Glave, and other great work, please order a back copy of the November/December 2006 issue of COLORLINES or subscribe here:

I am editing a third volume of DARK MATTER focused on Africa. I've welcomed and published new authors in all of my publications,including the first two volumes of DARK MATTER. I have made some great discoveries that way, and do hope to continue that tradition.

All Best,

7/31/2007 1:14 PM  
Blogger Demon Hunter said...

Cool, Sheree. I had no idea. I thought they were all previously published. When are taking submissions for the 4th installment? Are you done with accepting submissions for the 3rd volume? Thanks for the link. I'll check it out! :*)

7/31/2007 7:49 PM  

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