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.
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:
the drone of the drawbridge
still in my ears
a little boy sprints the bases