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Who We Are

Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC is one of America's newest and most energetic publishers of great literature—a press where words grow mighty trees. It is a press that honours the vibrant multicultural voice of American literature, one book at a time.

Our Mission

Our fundamental commitment is to practice literary equality and to embrace work that is informed by the social, political and cultural vigor of our times.

Our Staff

Truth Thomas

Founder & Managing Editor

Truth Thomas is a singer-songwriter and poet born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Washington, DC. 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, My TV is Not the Boss of Me (a children's book, illustrated by Cory Thomas) andSpeak Water, winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. A former writer-in-residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), his poems have appeared in over 100 publications, includingThe 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni). Thomas has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Melanie Henderson

Poetry Editor

Melanie Henderson 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 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 participated in Huong's Peace Mural Exhibition in Washington, DC (2008-2009), was selected as a feature 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 is the Managing Editor of Tidal Basin Review, a recent Pushcart Prize nominee and the mother of a charming little boy.

Joseph Ross

Fiction Editor

Joseph Ross was born in Pomona, California, just outside of Los Angeles. After studying English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he taught high school in Southern California and then went on to receive an M.Div. at the University of Notre Dame. Ross taught in Notre Dame's Freshmen Writing Program before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2000, where he founded the Writing Center at Carroll High School, taught at American University, and currently teaches in the Department of English at Gonzaga College High School. In addition to his love of fiction, Ross is the author of two collections of poetry on Main Street Rag: Meeting Bone Man and Gospel of Dust.

Deb Dublin

Layout Artist

Deb Dulin holds a Bachelor's degree in graphic design from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dulin's designs have appeared in daily newspapers, literary journals (Little Patuxent Review among them) environmental organizations, and architectural firms. She has also worked as a signage designer for many sign fabricators in the Washington Metropolitan Area. She is the owner of Dulin Design, a full-service graphic design studio based in Columbia, Maryland.

Submit Your Work

In order to have us consider your manuscript, please:

1. Send it with an email address or SASE regarding editor's replies/decisions.

2. Send it with an "Acknowledgments Page" which lists where work has been previously published.

3. Submit a reading fee of $25.00 made payable to Cherry Castle Publishing. (Cashier's Checks or Money Orders are fine. No personal checks will be accepted.)

4. Electronic payments for manuscript submissions should be made via our link to the right.

5. Reading fees are nonrefundable.

No guarantees are extended by Cherry Castle Publishing that submitted manuscripts will be accepted, although they will be read with great care and respect to honor all writers who honor us by sharing their work.

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