TORCH Wildfire Reading Series: Sequoia Maner & Sheree Renée Thomas
Thu March 30 @ 6:30 pm | 8:30 pm| Free
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. Find her @blackpotmojo or click here to visit her online.
Host Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Callaloo, Poetry, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.