About Sherese Francis

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Welcome to the mothership!

Official Bio:

Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based poet, speculative fiction writer, blogger, workshop facilitator, and literary curator. She has published and will publish work in journals and anthologies including No Dear, Apex Magazine, The Pierian Literary Review, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling. Sherese is the poetry editor of SpokenBlackGirl.com and co-editor of Harlequin Creature’s Social Justice Subscription Series. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired brand, Futuristically Ancient; and her southeast Queens based pop up bookshop/mobile library project, J. Expressions. 

Futuristically Ancient/A Future Ancient

Key Terms: Writing & Editing Services| Art Programming & Consulting | Mythic and Media Literacy | Black Speculative & Visionary Work of the African Diaspora | Afrofuturism

Futuristically Ancient/A Future Ancient is the umbrella brand for Sherese Francis’ work as a writer (poet/speculative fiction), editor, workshop facilitator/teaching artist and literary artist/curator (J. Expressions).

When I began Futuristically Ancient in 2011, it started as a blog exploring the intersections of the past, present and future through an Afro-diasporic lens. Then its main focus turned towards the movement of Afrofuturism. Since then I have grown as a writer, artist, and thinker, publishing work that reflected my studies in the areas of afrofuturism, speculative fiction and mythology. Now I am looking towards making Futuristically Ancient (and my social media handles A Future Ancient) my official artist brand.

In addition to Sherese Francis, my alter ego name is Aker. If you do not know already, you might wonder what Aker means. Aker (Pronounced Ah-Care) is an ancient Egyptian god, represented by two lions facing back to back with the sun in the middle. The god represents yesterday, today and tomorrow, and deified the horizon. He also guarded the underworld through which the sun passed through, thus creating the night, and when it came out, the day would come. My logo is based on this representation except that the lions look more active than in the original (the reason for that is I see the past, present and future as all alive and in dialogue with one another, and their positions fit well with the logo matching my official name’s initials, S.V.F.). Also, I am a leo, so I like lions!

Why would I use Aker as the symbol for my blog? Well, I think it represents much of what was the mission of my blog and now my brand, Futuristically Ancient, which is to create an ark of knowledge weaving together past, present and future. Aker also sounds similar to the word ark. Two of my favorite sayings are: “We do not live in a vacuum” and “Nothing is new under the sun” (the last phrase fits with my logo). We did not come from nothing. There is always something before us that we are manifesting in the now and carrying into the future. We are the accumulation of everything around us. Everything from religion to mythology to art and culture to politics have deeper meanings that are related to one another. I want my work to conitnue to uncover and explore what others have tried to cover up; to explore that which is not given as much mainstream attention and to re-examines popular ideas of ourselves through afrofuturist and other black visionary perspectives.

Below are a few articles that discuss further my thoughts:

Using Afrofuturism to Power New Modes of Tech – Interview with Blogger Sherese Francis (Futuristically Ancient) on Atlanta BlackStar

Maybe My Weird Version of Blackness Isn’t That Weird” on The Root

Blogging While Brown Changemakers: “God Is Change” – The Meaning Behind Futuristically Ancient(Post from my blog)

 

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15 thoughts on “About Sherese Francis

  1. Hi Aker,

    I was wondering if you would be able to pass along the link address for Last Angel of History? I really like your page, please keep up the good work. I also have a number of a articles about this topic that you might find interesting or helpful. I can email them to you if you’d like.

    Thanks,
    Andy

  2. Greetings Reese,
    I really like your blog. All of the Afrofuturism references are right up my alley. Glad to see you enjoying London. I was there in 1998, soaked up some great drum n bass. Saw Goldie, Fabio n Grooverider and Cleveland Watkiss all on the same set. And 2001, my broken beat trip. Partied in Notting Hill Arts Club, chilled with IG Culture in his studio and wilded out during Carnival. i’ll be checking your London blog later!

    Well, check me out at http://arcdirect.tumblr.com for my Afrofuturist musings and more.
    KIT,
    Brett
    Archival Directions

    1. Thanks for following my blog! Wow, you had a great time in London. I just left there a week ago, I already want to go back. Next time I go there, I definitely need to check out more of the art and music scenes and the carnival. I like your blog a lot too! I will definitely put it on my blog roll.

      Take care,

      Reese aka Aker

  3. What would most people do devoid of the magnificent suggestions you talk about on this blog? Who has got the tolerance to deal with essential topics in the interests of common readers like me? I and my guys are very happy to have your web blog among the ones we generally visit. Hopefully you know how very much we appreciate your working hard! Best wishes coming from us all.

  4. Easily one of the best Blogs I’ve ever encountered. I’m having a grand time exploring this place. I’ve added a link to your site on my page … hope you don’t mind.

  5. I LOVE YOUR BLOG, catchy and all things afrofuturistic..keep up the good word and you are very beautiful miss Aker

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