In this hope-filled online poetry workshop, NAACP Image Award-winning poet Truth Thomas will teach the formal writing rules of the “Skinny” poetry form: a form of his creation that has blossomed –and continues to grow– in its worldwide appeal. Workshop participants will learn the importance of concision in the composition of poetry in general and Thomas’ approach to the crafting of notable work in the fixed form of the Skinny in particular. This will be a writing-intensive, one of a kind, keenly positive experience.
TRUTH THOMAS is a singer-songwriter, poet, and photographer born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Washington, DC (the Capitol recording artist formerly known as Glenn Edward Thomas). He is the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing and studied creative writing at Howard University under Dr. Tony Medina. Thomas earned his MFA in poetry at New England College. His collections include: Party of Black, A Day of Presence, Bottle of Life, Speak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry and My TV is Not the Boss of Me, (a children's book, illustrated by Cory Thomas). The "Skinny" poetry form is credited to Thomas' creation. A former writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), his poems have appeared in over 150 publications, including The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni). He is Editor-in-Chief of The Skinny Poetry Journal.
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