John Edward Lawson

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“At it’s core [supremacy] means that men and whites are basically incapable. They have to have all these blacks and women propping them up. They have to have us beneath them. And they are so cynical about their own inability to compete, to be self-sufficient, that they won’t even hear of trying.”

John Edward Lawson is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry. He has been called “the forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes in other genres. His poems, short fiction, and books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Stoker Award (finalist, 2006) and the Wonderland Award (finalist, 2007). The former editor-in-chief of The Dream People online literary journal John now serves as editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press/Dog Star Books.

From a young age John has cultivated his interest in the arts and media. As part of a pioneering media arts public school program in the late 1980s he was part of projects that garnered nationwide attention, and served as audio engineer on an award winning interview with Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. James Farmer, Jr. During the 1990s John was a musician and professional audio engineer, and his forthcoming Rage Inducer double album focuses on the subject of genocide. He has been involved in the production of numerous short films, including award winners Party Girl and Uberman: An Experiment in Consciousness. Director Jayson Densman has collaborated with John for years spawning a trilogy derived from his poetry.

Currently John is vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, and travels the country speaking on issues of diversity and inclusion in the arts.

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