Literary Arts, Music, Performing Arts
TRUTH THOMAS (born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Washington, D.C.) is a singer-songwriter, poet, editor, lecturer and founder of Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC. He is the author of Party of Black (2006), A Day of Presence (2008), Bottle of Life (2010), Speak Water (2012), winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. His latest work, My TV is Not the Boss of Me (2013), a children's book, illustrated by Cory Thomas, was a finalist for the Jessie Redmon Fauset Award (2014). He is formerly Writer-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in over 100 publications including: Callaloo, Delaware Poetry Review, The Emerson Review, The Newtowner Magazine, New York Quarterly, pluck!, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Cave Canem Anthology), WarpLand and The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni).