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.

Member Spotlight

Gideon Young

In his debut haiku collection, published in April of 2021, Gideon Young explores precise networks within nature, fatherhood, African American perspective, and the South. Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives Lenard D. Moore says, “Young is one of the best haiku poets among his generation” and poet Marilyn Nelson names this book a “fountain of joy”. 

my hands full of light is published by Backbone Press, a small non-profit out of Durham, North Carolina, managed by Crystal Simone Smith, and committed to publishing poets of color and cultural voices. 

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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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