The Carolina African American Writers’ Collective

All The Songs
We Sing

A collection of poems, stories, and essays celebrating members of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. Available June 2, 2020.

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Lenard D. Moore

Lenard’s newest book of poetry, Long Rain, will be released by Wet Cement Press, November 15, 2021.

Long Rain is an exquisite collection of five line poems (tanka) and short prose (haibun), organized around the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Here, Moore expands on the rich history of African-American writers such as Richard Wright, Sonya Sanchez and James Emanuel, creating a masterful transformation of the Japanese tradition into a sharply observant and quietly defiant poetry of the Black experience in America.” – Lovell, Roether, & Murphy

https://www.wetcementpress.com/product-page/long-rain

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Lenard D. Moore is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His literary works have been published in more than fifteen countries and translated into more than a dozen languages. He teaches African-American literature and creative writing at the University of Mount Olive, where he directs the literary festival. He is a U.S. Army Veteran. Moore is the author of Geography of Jazz, A Temple Looming, Desert Storm: A Brief History, Forever Home, and The Open Eye, among others. He is the editor for One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective and the executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He was the first African-American president of the Haiku Society of America. His awards include the North Carolina Award for Literature and the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award.

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