Thomas, Patterson, Older at 2/2 NYRSF Readings

At the next New York Review of SF Readings on February 2, curator Sheree Renée Thomas will be joined by Ama Patterson, a contributor to Thomas’ collection Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, and Daniel José Older, a participant in her Black Pot Mojo Reading Series in Harlem.

The full press release follows the jump.

[Thanks to Jim Freund for the story.]

For Immediate Release:
Press contact: Jim Freund
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->  The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
and the
     South Street Seaport Museum present  <–
Ama Patterson
Daniel José Older
Sheree Renée Thomas — Guest Curator

      Tuesday, February 2nd — Doors open 6:30 PM
      $5 suggested donation
      South Street Seaport Museum
      12 Fulton Street — Fifth Floor
      (directions and links below)

We may be talking about our February 2nd reading, but it seems as if the appropriate theme may be Auld Lang Syne.  Tuesday will our last reading, for at least the time being, at the South Street Seaport Museum.  We’ve been there for the better part of a decade, but construction and circumstances dictate that we move on.  We’ll finish out our 20th Anniversary Season at the SoHo Gallery For Digital Art.  But given that this reading is on Groundhog Day, we can relive it so long as Bill Murray movies are popular.

Ama Patterson
‘s short fiction is included in the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, and in Drumvoices Revue: Voices of the Cities, edited by Eugene B. Redmond.  She studied fiction writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and at the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in Seattle.

Daniel José Older‘s spiritually driven, urban storytelling takes root at the crossroads of myth and history. With sardonic, uplifting and often hilarious prose, Older draws from his work as an overnight 911 paramedic, a teaching artist & an antiracist/antisexist organizer to weave fast-moving, emotionally engaging plots that speak in whispers and shouts about power and privilege in modern day New York City.

His work has appeared in the Freezine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The ShadowCast Audio Anthology, The Tide Pool, The Innsmouth Free Press and the collection Sunshine/Noir, and is featured in Sheree Renée Thomas’ Black Pot Mojo Reading Series in Harlem. When he’s not writing, teaching or riding around in an ambulance, Daniel can be found performing with his Brooklyn-based soul quartet Ghost Star. His blog about the ridiculous and disturbing world of EMS can be found at

Sheree Renée Thomas was the sixth curator of the NYRSF Reading Series.  She is a writer, editor, small press publisher, educator, visual artist, performer, and mother.  She co-founded the literary journal Anansi: Fiction of the African Diaspora and is the founder of Wanganegresse Press. Thomas is a member of the Beyond Dusa Women’s Collective, the Black Pot Mojo Craft Circle, and the New Renaissance Writers Guild, and teaches creative writing and magical realism at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Manhattan.

Thomas’ first anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Book World Editor’s “Rave,” and won the 2001 World Fantasy Award and the Gold Pen Award.  Her second book, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, released on January 2, 2004 by Warner Aspect, won the 2005 World Fantasy Award. A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and NYFA Poetry Fellow, she is currently editing a third volume in her groundbreaking black science fiction series focusing on Africa, and working on other projects designed to uplift, engage, and enlighten the community.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is celebrating its 20th season of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month.  We have been known to move from one venue to another within the museum, so check each time.  Sadly, we will be seeking new digs as of March. 
Admission is by a $5 donation.  If circumstances make this a hardship, let us know and we will accommodate you.  (Check for details.)

Tuesday, 2/2/10
Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7

The South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street — 5th floor,+ny

By Subway
Take 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street; A and C to
Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street

By Bus
Take M15 (South Ferry-bound) down Second Ave. to Fulton Street

By Car
  From the West Side: take West Street southbound. Follow signs to FDR
Drive Take underpass, keep right – use Exit 1 at end of underpass. Turn
right on South Street, six blocks.
  From the East Side, take FDR Drive south to Exit 3 onto South Street
Proceed about 1 mile.

By Boat


Coming up:
3/2: Joe Monti curates
4/6: Carol Cooper presents
5/4: Paul Witcover curates and presents
6/1: Gala!


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