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Melanie Henderson

Author's Bio

Melanie Henderson was born, raised and lives in Washington, DC. She is an alumnus of Howard ('04) and Trinity ('07) Universities. Prior to earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, she studied poetry at the Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA) in San Francisco, CA. Her paintings, photography and poems have appeared in Drumvoices Revue, Fingernails across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, jubilat, and Southern Women's Review among others. She was selected as a featured reader for the 2009 Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series and as a recipient of the Larry Neal Writers' Award (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities). Her debut collection of poems, Elegies for New York Avenue, won the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She is the Managing Editor of Tidal Basin Review.

Publications and Prizes

Elegies for New York Avenue (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2011)
Mourning Katrina, A Poetic Response to Tragedy (Mariner Media, Inc., 2009), Fingernails across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2008)
Amistad, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Black Arts Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, Fledgling Rag, jubilat, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Sakura Review, Southern Women’s Review, , The Potomac Review, Torch, Vinyl Poetry, WarpLand, X Magazine
2009 Larry Neal Writers’ Award (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities); 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (Elegies for New York Avenue)

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