Sherese Francis


Author's Bio

Sherese Francis is an Alkymist of the I-Magination and expresses her(e)self through poetry, interdisciplinary arts, workshop facilitation, editing, and literary curation. Her(e) work takes inspiration from her(e) Afro-Caribbean heritage (Barbados and Dominica), and studies in Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Arts, mythology and etymology. Some of her(e) work has been published in Furious Flower, Obsidian Lit, Rootwork Journal, Spoken Black Girl, The Operating System, Cosmonauts Avenue, No Dear, Apex Magazine, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, and Free Verse. Additionally, Sherese has published three chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls (Three Legged Elephant), Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling (Harlequin Creature), and Recycling a Why That Rules Over My Sacred Sight (DoubleCross Press). In 2020, her(e) poem “SAME Nobody” was chosen as a finalist for the Furious Flower poetry prize and her(e) manuscript, PollyNation: The Seminary of Self, was chosen as a finalist for the CAAPP Book Prize. The following year, her(e) poem, “SomNuh/Mbulist (Patois Possession)” won The Caribbean Writer’s Vincent Cooper Literary Prize. Besides publications, Sherese has had her(e) work featured in various exhibitions and showcases from The Lit Exhibit, NY Live Arts, Queens Public Library, York College Arts Gallery, King Manor Museum, WorksOnWater, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica Flux, Baxter St Camera Club, Bliss On Bliss, Maleza Proyectos, The Rubenstein Art Center and Ely Center for Contemporary Art. Currently, Sherese is the poetry editor of Newtown Literary and curates the Queens-based literary and mobile library project, J. Expressions.

Photo Credit: Rosayln Fernandez

Publications & Prizes

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African-American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019)
Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2016)
African Voices
Apex Magazine
Bone Bouquet
Cosmonauts Avenue
Newtown Literary
Prizes won: 

Rewarded 2022 NYSCA Literary Grant for "KwaNTum;"

Won The Caribbean Writer’s 2021 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize for poem “SomNuh/Mbulist (Patois Possession)"

Finalist for 2021 CAAPP Book Prize (for PollyNation: The Seminary of Self)

Finalist for 2020 Furious Flower Poetry Prize (for "SAME Nobody")

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, M. Nourbese Philip, Harryette Mullen, Toni Morrison, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
What I'm reading now: 
Dyzgraphxst by Canisia Lubrin, STEREO.ISLAND.MOSAIC by Vincent Toro , Invasive Species by Marwa Helal

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American, American, Black, Caribbean, Caribbean American
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Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Jan 28, 2022