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Cheesy Burke
  • PhD University of Florida
  • In rank since 2020
  • Afrofuturism, Womanism, Black Feminist Theory, Pop Culture, Critical Race Studies, Black Women Writers

Noteworthy: Let's Play White, Hero Me Not (upcoming Rutgers University Press), "Black Women and the New Magical Negro." African American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness.

Chesya Burke is an Afrofuturist. She writes and studies Afrofuturism as a cultural movement that seeks to reclaim black identity through art, literature, and political resistance. Burke is the Co-Chair of Wiscon's Anti-Abuse Team, which is a national science fiction, feminist conference, and her story collection, Let's Play White, is being taught in universities around the world. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison, and Samuel Delany called her "a formidable new master of the macabre." Burke's novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa has garnered critical acclaim by writers such as Tananarive Due and Kiese Laymon.

Chesya Burke, Ph.D
Asst. Professor of English and U.S. Literatures
Stetson University

If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. -- Audre Lorde