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"The Nation's Summer" by Melanie Henderson

The Nation’s Summer

Two black children running










Two black children running 3/25/2024

Melanie Henderson, poet, editor, photographer and publisher, was born, raised and lives in Washington, DC. She is an alumnus of Howard and Trinity Universities. Prior to earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, she studied poetry at Howard University and the Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA) in San Francisco, CA. Her debut collection of poems, Elegies for New York Avenue, won the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, jubilat, Reverie, Torch, Tuesday; An Art Project, and The Washington Informer, among numerous others. She was selected as a featured reader for the 2009 Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series and as a recipient of the 2009 Larry Neal Writers Award (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities). She has received nominations for the Orison Award and Pushcart Prize. Henderson is co-editor of Where We Stand: Poems of Black Resilience (Cherry Castle Publishing 2022) and the Managing Editor of Tidal Basin Review and Poetry Editor for Cherry Castle Publishing.

(Photo by Alan W. King)

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