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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.
Prof. Emeritus, U. of MD, English & creative writing. PhD Edinburgh, Scotland.Started writing poetry (@40)1967. 5 books of poems, culminating in INCARNALITY: THE COLLECTED POEMS (2010).2 books of poems translated from the Frisian.Prese Presently writing FINDING THE UNDERCURRENT: SHORT ESSAYS ON THE READING, WRITING, AND TEACHING OF POETRY. 5 0f these essays published or forthcoming in Poet Lore and Innisfree Poetry Journal.