TORCH Wildfire Reading Series: Sequoia Maner & Sheree Renée Thomas
Join TORCH for an evening of literary brilliance arcing across #BlackLivesMatter and Afrofuterism with Sequoia Maner and Sheree Renée Thomas. Community open mic starts at 6:30pm. Featured readers start at 7:00pm. Light refreshments and door prizes. Free and open to the public. Sequoia Maner is a poet and PhD candidate in English at UT Austin where she teaches classes in African American literature and performance. Her dissertation is titled "Liberation Aesthetics in the #BlackLivesMatter Era" and she is at work on her first book of poetry. Sheree Renée Thomas, a native of Memphis, is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press), Shotgun Lullabies, and the editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies. She served as the Guest Editor of a special double-issue of Obsidian, “Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts” (February 2017) She was the Lucille Geier-Lakes Writer in Residence at Smith College and has been honored with fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Millay, The Wallace Foundation, VCCA, Ledig House/Writers Omi, Blue Mountain, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Read her short stories and poems in Sycorax’s Daughters, Stories for Chip: Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Revise the Psalm: Writers Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks, The Moment of Change, Mojo: Conjure Stories, An Alphabet of Embers, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Jalada, So Long Been Dreaming, 80! Memories & Reflections of Ursula K. Le Guin, Memphis Noir, Callaloo, Obsidian, and Harvard’s Transition.