Haiku Leader Lenard D. Moore Honored

Lenard D. Moore has been appointed the 2020-2021 Honorary Curator of the American Haiku Archives at California State Library in Sacramento. This honor celebrates his decades of contributions to haiku literature, professorship, and leadership in haiku organizations.LenardMoore2011

Moore is a poet, anthologist, founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, and U.S. Army veteran. He was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina and 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); The Open Eye (North Carolina Haiku Society Press, 1985, Mountains & Rivers Press, 2015),; and The Geography of Jazz (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2018, Blair Publishers, 2020), among other books.

He is the editor of One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku (Unicorn Press, 2017);  All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective (Blair Publishers, 2020); and other books.

His haiku chapbook, Gathering at the Crossroads (Red Moon Press, 2003), is a collaboration with photographer and Black Arts Movement Poet Eugene B. Redmond.

Moore also co-founded the Washington Street Writers Group. He was President of the Haiku Society of America (2008 and 2009) and the longtime Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society since 1994.

He earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in English from Shaw University. He also earned his M.A. in English and African-American literature from North Carolina A&T State University.

His poems have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, Agni, Artful Dodge, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Blues Revue Quarterly, Blues Access, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and in many other publications. His poems have also appeared in textbooks and in more than one hundred anthologies, including Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (Norton, 2013); The Haiku Anthology (Norton, 1999); Catch the Fire!!!: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry (Riverhead, 1998); Spirit & Flame: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (Syracuse University Press, 1997); and Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African-American Poetry (Penguin USA/Mentor, 1997).

Two of the hundreds of haiku Moore has published, are:

misty river-–

the drone of the drawbridge

still in my ears


red dust–

a little boy sprints the bases

between innings



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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4 Responses to Haiku Leader Lenard D. Moore Honored

  1. It was a pleasure celebrating Lenard D. Moore via Zoom in his new role as Honorary Curator of AHA!

  2. Michael Dylan Welch says:

    Read more about Lenard’s appointment as honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at http://americanhaikuarchives.org/curators/LenardMoore.html, including selected poems and numerous links to videos, audio, and other content. Congratulations to Lenard.

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