Author Chesya Burke to visit SCF Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 26, 2016) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host Chesya Burke, author of acclaimed short story collection “Let’s Play White” and “The Strange Crimes of Little Africa,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Building 800, Selby Room.  

Burke is an educator and author of nearly a hundred short stories and articles in the science fiction, dark fantasy and horror genres. She will be reading from her works. Her story collection, “Let’s Play White,” was published in 2011 and is being taught in schools around the country. The title story challenges ideas of race, personal choice and privilege while bringing the notion of simply being treated as a human being. The collection builds dark fantasy and horror short stories on African and African-American history and legend. Burke also wrote several articles for the African American National Biography in 2008 and her novel, “The Strange Crimes of Little Africa,” debuted in December. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared Burke’s writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison. 

Burke’s master thesis was written on the comic book character Storm, from the X-MEN series, and her own comic, SHIV, is scheduled to debut this year. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida and is co-chair of the board of directors of Charis Books and More, Atlanta’s independent feminist bookstore.

This event is open and free to the public. For more information, call Doug Ford at 941-408-1501 or email

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