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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Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy

Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. A poet, critic, fiction writer, and documentary filmmaker, she is co-author of the award-winning collection, One Window’s Light: African American Haiku, and editor emeritus of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Smith McKoy has recently completed a poetry collection entitled “Last Drink of Water.” A native of Raleigh, NC, she lives in Oakland, CA.

Smith McKoy received first prize in the 2020 Comstock Review Poetry Contest for her work, “Their Children’s Children.”

Our Founder


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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