Sheree Renée Thomas is the author ofShotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poemsand the editor of two World Fantasy Award-winning anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora andDark Matter: Reading the Bones. In 2015 she served as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, and received the Wallace Foundation Fellowship at the Millay Colony of the Arts, as well as fellowships at the Blue Mountain Center and VCCA. In 2016 she was named a Tennessee Arts Fellow in Creative Writing by the Tennessee Arts Commission. She has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, Writers Omi/Ledig House, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her new book, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, will be published in August.