Lenard D. Moore Publishes Another Poetry Book!

Poet Lenard D. Moore has just published another book, The Geography of Jazz, (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2018). It celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians.

Moore has performed his jazz poetry with jazz musicians and jazz bands in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina, among other states for several years. He has written about many North Carolina jazz musicians/artists/singers, including Coltrane, Monk, Simone, and Freelon.

His poem “Ascension: John Coltrane” appeared in the Second Friday ArtWalk poetry exhibit in 2015 at Weaver Street Realty, Carrboro, NC.

Two poems from The Geography of Jazz follow, along with Moore’s extensive bio:



I imagine the quick hand:

Thelonious Monk waves

at red, orange, yellow leaves

from Raleigh to Rocky Mount.

Alone in this seat,

I peer out the half-window

at the rainbow of faces

bent toward this train

that runs to the irresistible Apple,

determine to imagine Monk

glows like Carolina sun

in cloudless blue sky.

I try so hard to picture him

until his specter hunkers

at the ghost piano, foxfire

on concrete platform.

Now I can hear the tune “Misterioso”

float on sunlit air.

If notes were visible,

perhaps they would drift crimson,

shimmer like autumn leaves.

A hunch shudders

into evening, a wordless flight.


–Lenard D. Moore


“At The Train Stop” originally appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, copyright 2010 by Lenard D. Moore. It is featured on The Mural at the Arts Council of Wayne County.



The bassist hugs

the bass, plunks it.

Ting, boom, ting boom

the drummer beats

and booms. Saxophonist

weaves notes, oscillates, blows

and the pianist finger-dances

on the keys: “Swinging

at the Haven.” Musicians spark

the sheet music stands

and angled microphones.

Blue backdrop.

Modulating that tempo,

they work the tune.

Drumsticks knocking time,

piano plucking our ears.

Bassman still hugging

the bass, straight sets—

walls thrumming—

steady as the spring moon

inciting the indigo sky.

Lenard D. Moore


“Swinging Cool” originally appeared in Chautauqua, copyright 2014 by Lenard D. Moore.


Lenard D. Moore, founder & executive director of Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and U. S. Army Veteran, is author of A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008); Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press, 1993); Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992); and The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985).

He also is co-founder of Washington Street Writers Group. He is former President of Haiku Society of America (2008 and 2009) and longtime Executive Chairman of the NC Haiku Society.

Moore’s poems have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, Agni, Artful Dodge, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Blues Revue Quarterly, Blues Access, and in more than 100 anthologies.

He read/performed his poetry:

  • with the jazz combo R.S.V.P, featuring Paul and Drew Laughlin (piano and bass), and Dick Day (drums) in 2003, Otterbein College, in Westerville, OH. The program: “Rhythm: An Evening of Jazz Poetry with Lenard D. Moore.”
  • accompanied by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist/ clarinetist/flutist J.D. Parran, and bassist Mark Deutsch in 2002, in the Po’Jazz Series at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, New York.
  • accompanied by bassist Chris Sullivan in 2002 at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.
  • accompanied by The Joel Dias-Porter Quintet with Al Young (saxophone), Jay Jefferson (drums), Janelle Gill (piano), and Herm Burme (bass) at The 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Conference at James Madison University.
  • accompanied by the Mount Olive College Symphonic Band and Jazz Band in 2012, Mount Olive, NC.
  • accompanied by The Matt Kendrick Trio with Michael Kinchen (tenor sax), John Wilson (drums), and Matt Kendrick (upright bass) in 2012 at the Community Arts Café, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • with the accompaniment of jazz saxophonist James Dallas in 2013 at Capitol West Academy in Milwaukee.
  • accompanied by The Dennis Klopfer Jazz Trio with Bill Feldman (drums), Dennis Klopfer (piano), and Duane Stuermer (guitar) in 2013 at Mount Mary College (now Mount Mary University) in Milwaukee.
  • in 2015 with the University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, Mount Olive, NC.

Moore is the recipient of several awards, including:

  • North Carolina Award for Literature (2014)
  • Eastern North Carolina Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet (2009 and 2008)
  • Raleigh Medal of the Arts for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2008)
  • Sam Ragan Award in the Fine Arts (2006)
  • Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (2003, 1994 and 1983)
  • Tar Heel Of The Week Award (Sunday, February 8, 1998)
  • Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award (1997)
  • Indies Arts Award (1996).

Moore is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive where he teaches Advanced Poetry Writing and African American Literature.

Here is the link to Moore’s book:




About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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