Meet Chesya Burke
Chesya Burke is a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in African American Studies from Georgia State University in 2015. Currently, Chesya is a double fellow, receiving both the Florida Education Fund McKnight Fellowship and the PhD Graduate Student Fellowship from the University of Florida. As a scholar, she teaches such topics as Black Women Spec Fic Writers, The Racial Dynamics of Nationality Politics and The Literature of Resistance: From Nat Turner to Black Panther. In addition, Burke wrote several articles for the African American National Biography published by Harvard and Oxford University Press.
Burke is an award-winning writer, who has published nearly a hundred stories and articles, leading Grammy-nominated spoken word artist and poet Nikki Giovanni to call her work “stunning.” Her primary areas of interests are in African American literature, race and gender studies, comics and fluid fiction. She edited the Locus nominated anthology, Hidden Youth, with Mikki Kendall and her thesis was on the comic book character Storm from the X-MEN. Shiv, Burke’s stand alone comic, is scheduled to debut in 2019.
You can sample Chesya’s work here:
Zero Percent Chance: https://firesidefiction.com/zero-percent-chance
Say, She Toy: https://www.apex-magazine.com/say-she-toy/
Horror Is . . . Not What You Think or Probably Wish It Is: http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/nonfiction/horror-not-think-probably-wish/
“The Strange Crimes of Little Africa” by Chesya Burke.The Strange Crimes of Little Africa is a historical mystery, and follows Jaz Idawell on the vibrant, culturally fertile streets of art and literature in 1920s Harlem Renaissance. Idawell, an anthropology student, stumbles upon the realization that she may have to sacrifice her cousin’s freedom when she discovers evidence that her father, the first black traffic cop on the force, may be guilty of murder. Best friends with the indelible, Zora Neal Hurston, the two women set out to find the truth about their wonderful world of Little Africa—Harlem, New York.
The Strange Crimes of Little Africa is her first book from Rothco Press.