Poets Dr. Tony Medina and Nuyorican-Massarican Poet Shaggy Flores gather to congratulate Truth Thomas!
Truth Thomas, was recently recognized as an outstanding literary work at 44th NAACP Image Awards held in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, February 1, 2013.
Speak Water (Cherry Castle Publishing, July 2012, ISBN: 978-0615621425, $12.00, Paperback, $7.99, eBook) provides America with an in-depth poetic exploration of various expressions of love as it reflects the current state of race relations in the United States. Framed in both Old and New Testament thematic parameters, the book chronicles the human quest for love to conquer hate without becoming hateful, particularly in the context of Civil Rights struggles from sea to shining sea.
“To win an NAACP Image Award for Poetry is a tremendous honor, for which I will forever be grateful…[the NAACP] continues to be an inspiring, tenacious and welcoming agency for progressive change in America…the positive public recognition I have received from the NAACP is invaluable (especially as it is an award that comes from my own people). No other award could mean more.”
The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show that celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours.
“Cherry Castle Publishing is honored to be the publisher of Speak Water,” Public Relations Director MJ Thomas said. “This book is a must-have for African American people and all people who believe in the power of non-violence as a freedom fighting weapon. This breakthrough book is deserving of all the notoriety it receives. Congratulations to Truth Thomas! Congratulations to small presses that exercise a big faith in God.”
For more information, visit www.cherrycastlepublishing.com.
About the Author:
TRUTH THOMAS is a singer-songwriter and poet, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, raised in Washington, DC. He studied creative writing at Howard University under Dr. Tony Medina and earned his MFA in Poetry at New England College. Most recently, he won the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Poetry regarding his latest book, Speak Water. His poetry collections include Party of Black (flipped eye publishing, 2006), A Day of Presence (flipped eye publishing, 2008), Bottle of Life (flipped eye publishing, 2010) and Speak Water (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2012). He serves on the editorial boards of both the Tidal Basin Review and the Little Patuxent Review and is the founder of Cherry Castle Publishing. He is formerly Writer-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), and currently serves on the HoCoPoLitSo board. Thomas’ work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in over 70 publications including: Callaloo, The Newtowner Magazine, New York Quarterly, The Emerson Review, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Cave Canem Anthology) and The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni).