Venus Thrash is the author of The Fateful Apple which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award. The Fateful Apple was a finalist for the 2012 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and the 2009 Arktoi Books Poetry Prize. Her poetry is published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Split This Rock, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Torch, Gargoyle and the Arkansas Review, and in the anthologies, Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade.. She has read at the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York City, the Black Poetry Series at UNC, the New School, Women Writers in Bloom, Unchaste, Split This Rock Poetry Conference, the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Virginia Festival of the Book, and The Library of Congress. She’s the recipient of a 2016 writer’s residency at The Vermont Studio Center. She's a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Summer Literary Seminar in Kenya and Fire and Ink scholar. In 2017, she was named co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She is co-director of the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series and teaches at Trinity Washington University.