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Brief excerpt: "I worked as a waiter in a restaurant called the Gallery, but I kept screwing up the checks, under-charging, over-charging. Sometimes I brought out the wrong orders, and once I tried to convince a guy that what I'd brought him, pasta, was better for him than the veal he'd ordered. I told him quit being so rigid, open up to the pasta, but that didn't go over. The owner, Mr. Katz, was nice about firing me. He said I should think about completing my education or maybe work in an office somewhere. He shook my hand and said I had a bright future." I'm lucky enough to be married to a wonderful doctor which allows me to be a house husband for our children (7 and 6), and which gives me time to write. Currently I'm finishing a draft of a novel and working on short stories.
TRUTH THOMAS is a singer-songwriter and poet born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Washington, DC. He studied creative writing at Howard University and earned his MFA in poetry at New England College. His collections include: Party of Black, A Day of Presence, Bottle of Life and Speak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. His poems have appeared in over 100 publications, including: Poetry Magazine, The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, and The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni). He is the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing, creator of the Skinny poetry form, a former writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), and serves on the editorial boards of the Tidal Basin Review and The Skinny Poetry Journal.
My work has been read on NPR by Garrison Keillor and featured in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" column. I have read at the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Institute, the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Arts Club in NYC, and the Aran Island Poetry Festival in Ireland. I was resident poet at The Frost Place in 1998 and have taught at Middlebury, Wesleyan, Binghamton University, Central CT State University, and the University of Delaware as well as at The Writer's Center in Washington DC.