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TEEN POETRY WORKSHOP

Traveling the Spaceways

The AfroCosmicMelatopia Teen Poetry Workshop

Led by Sheree Renée Thomas

Whether your imagination is drawn to the mythical and magical, the uncanny and the extraordinary, the technologically advanced or the absurd, speculative poetry is a wonderful genre to explore. Afrofuturism and Afrofuturist speculative poetry centers Black culture, aesthetics, and ideas, creating works that speak from the margins and expand our world. This free writing workshop, led by the celebrated author Sheree Renée Thomas, offers an opportunity to experiment with voice, vivid imagery, form, and myriad themes of Afrofuturism.

Young writers between the ages of 14–19 and residents of the US, can learn how to craft their own original works that explore the exciting themes of Afrofuturism. Over the course of three sessions, writers will learn how to read and perform their work and see it published in an original chapbook with other talented peers. In addition to workshop leader Sheree Renée Thomas, special guests will include some of the genre’s leading Afrofuturist poets like Linda D. Addison, Len Lawson, Gary Jackson, and Akua Lezli Hope.

All workshops are free and will be held online.

Timeline

  • Friday October 1: Application Opens
  • Friday October 29 at 11:59 PM EST: Application Closes
  • Wednesday November 3 at 6–8 PM EST: Introduction
  • Wednesday November 17 at 6–8 PM EST: Reading Student Work
  • Wednesday December 8 at 6–8 PM EST: Performing Your Text

About the Artist

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. Ms. Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future, which was named a finalist for the 2021 ...

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. Ms. Thomas is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future, which was named a finalist for the 2021 Ignyte Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award for Year’s Best Fiction Collection. Aqueduct published Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). She edited the two-time World Fantasy-winning anthologies Dark Matter, and her work has been anthologized widely, appearing most recently in The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry; The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945-2010); Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda; Slay; and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol. 2. Ms. Thomas was honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist for contributions to the genre. She is the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949; associate editor of Obsidian, founded in 1975; and a member of Carnegie Hall’s Curatorial Counsel for the 2022 citywide festival Afrofuturism. Visit www.shereereneethomas.com or follow her on Twitter @blackpotmojo and Instagram @shereereneethomas.

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