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Truth Thomas

Author's Bio

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.

Publications and Prizes

My TV is Not the Boss of Me (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2013), Speak Water (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2012), Bottle of Life (Flipped eye, 2010), A Day of Presence (Flipped eye, 2008), Party of Black (Flipped eye, 2006)
Gape Seed (Uphook Press, 2011), The 100 Best African American Poems (Sourcebooks, 2010), Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press, 2007), The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Cave Canem Anthology) (University of Georgia Press, 2007)
African Voices, Alehouse Press, Art Times, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Black Magnolias, Blue Lotus Review, Callaloo, Delaware Poetry Review, Floorboard review, Forge Journal, Jet Fuel Review, Kweli Journal, Main Channel Voices, Matter Journal, Mosaic Magazine, Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature, Naugatuck River Review, New Verse News, OVS Magazine, Palehouse, PLUCK!, Poet Lore, Poetalk, Progressive, Quiddity International Literary Journal, Sugar House Review, The Emerson Review, The Henniker Review, The Houston Literary Review, The Legendary, The New York Quarterly, The Newtowner, The Progressive, Tidal Basin Review, WarpLand, Weave Magazine, Welter Magazine, X Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought
2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

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Listing last updated: July 22, 2016

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