Publisher at Hustle Hard Publications and a friend to many, author Nate Nati Holmes was killed on August 26th around 3 in the morning. Three people were dead following a shooting Thursday morning in Phoenix near 25th Avenue and Campbell, south of Camelback and Interstate 17. Unfortunately Nate was one on the scene pronounced dead. Nate was known for his constant grind to succeed, his writing ability, and his often times straight forward personality. He had traveled the country promoting his literary works and made many plans to continue to pursue his dream as a published writer. But on that morning those dreams were cut short. On the morning of August 26th, thousands of friends and families took to Nate’s face book page to send their condolences and their words of encouragement. There were also various online radio shows that paid tribute to him as well and the African American literary community on this day came together to reflect on his life and us as a whole.
One of his latest works were Revolutionary Minded a collection of heartfelt poetry, essays and short stories strung together . This project also featured AAMBC founder and friend to Nate, Tamika Newhouse.
“When I first found out Nate died, I was waiting for someone to say it was a joke. I had spoken to Nate not too long ago and for the longest time him and I were friends. We talked on the phone, shared ideas and concepts, and I was a contributor to his last project. I cried. I mainly cried because not because of the way he died because death is so final. He’s gone but not forgotten.”~ Tamika Newhouse
AAMBC wants to send out its love and gratitude to Nate’s family and to let them know; yes he is gone but never forgotten.
Nati Holmes is the founder and owner of Hustle Hard Publications. Mr. Holmes is an author, poet and activist for inmates. With the release of Mr. Holmes’ debut novel, “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, the idea was born to start his own publishing company that would also seek to assist men and women in prison with the opportunity at exposure for their work.
Mr. Holmes has three authors under the banner of Hustle Hard Publications and is seeking other writers to add to the publishing house.
It was while incarcerated on a five year penitentiary bid that Mr. Holmes stumbled upon his own gift as a writer. Having no financial support from family or friends on the outside to provide for his daily needs, he entered a short story writing contest. Holmes was awarded third place in “The Hear Me Project HIV/AIDS campaign 2006 contest” which inspired him to write a full novel.
After only two months, Holmes completed his first full length manuscript and was given encouragement from some heavyweights in the book industry such as his beloved brother Jihad, Anthony Whyte, Michel Moore, Linda Brickhouse, and Randy Kearse.
Nati Holmes decided to take his destiny into his own hands and established Hustle Hard Publications. So please enjoy the ride and witness the greatest underdog story unfold before your eyes as Nati Holmes fights his way to the top of the literature food chain bringing some of the hottest and thrilling writers of urban fiction along for the ride!
The type of books I write is sort of like self help for people in the struggle. It offers alternatives to the streets by allowing the reader insite to things such as SBA loans, how to go about getting funding for school, and how to buy your first home through programs such as HUD. It gives this message through a very fascinating storyline.
On Dec 7, 2010 Nati Holmes signed a major book deal with Augustus Publishing. Be on the lookout this upcoming year for more heat from this exciting new author.