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Rivers Solomon


Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon is a dyke, an anarchist, a she-beast, an exile, a shiv, a wreck and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. They write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.

In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel, AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS, was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree and a Locus Award, among others. Solomon's second book, THE DEEP, based on the Hugo-nominated song of the same name by experimental hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and is on the shortlist for a Nebula, Locus, and Hugo award. Their third book, SORROWLAND, is forthcoming in May 2021.

Solomon's short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories,, Best American Horror and Dark Fantasy and elsewhere.

Rivers Solomon

Books by Rivers Solomon

by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes - Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Yetu holds the memories for her people --- water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners --- who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone except for the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu, who remembers for everyone, but the memories are destroying her. So she flees to the surface and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past --- and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity --- and own who they really are.