Melanie Henderson


Washington, DC

Author's Bio

Melanie Henderson, Washington, DC native poet, editor, photographer and publisher, is the author of Elegies for New York Avenue, winner of the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. An alumnus of Howard and Trinity Universities, she studied poetry at Howard University in Dr. Tony Medina’s “Boot Camp” and at the Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA) in San Francisco, CA prior to earning an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, jubilat, Torch, Tuesday; An Art Project, Valley Voices, and The Washington Informer among others. She is a recipient of the 2009 Larry Neal Writers Award and received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination from Iris G. Press. She is a Founding Editor of Tidal Basin Review. Learn more at:

Publications & Prizes

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)
Elegies for New York Avenue (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2011)
Barely South Review
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Black Arts Quarterly
Drumvoices Revue
Drunken Boat
Fledgling Rag
Reverie: Midwest African American Literature
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Southern Women’s Review,
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The Potomac Review
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Tuesday; An Art Project
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X Magazine
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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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Washington, DC
District Of Columbia
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Last update: Oct 06, 2016