Chesya Burke is currently pursuing her PhD in English at University of Florida. In addition, Burke wrote several articles for the African American National Biography in 2008 and she has written and published nearly a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her thesis was on the comic book character, Storm from the X-MEN and her comic, Shiv, is scheduled to debut in 2017. Burke is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Charis Books and More, the nation’s oldest independent feminist book store, and her story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the country. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison.
Likewise, her novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa is garnering critical acclaim by writers such as Tananarive Due and Kiese Laymon.
In her spare time, Chesya likes to take selfies, twerk, and write critical critiques on The Walking Dead, True Blood and race, class and gender issues.