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Conversations with Lenard D. Moore, edited by John Zheng

Conversations with Lenard D. Moore, edited by John Zheng

By Edited by John ZhengPublisher: University Press of MississippiISBN: 9781496853950Genre: Nonfiction/InterviewsPrice: 25.00

Known internationally for his Japanese-style poetry, Lenard D. Moore (b. 1958) has published eight poetry collections over the course of his career. Moore has distinguished himself especially in such forms as jazz poetry, haiku, tanka, renga, sequence, and haibun, expressing moments of aesthetic delight as well as a voice enriched with African American culture. Conversations with Lenard D. Moore is a fundamental collection of sixteen interviews with the esteemed writer and former president of the Haiku Society of America.

To Moore, jazz is a joyful celebration of American life and culture. The impacts of great jazz musicians such as Max Roach, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Ray Charles are clear in his poetry. The conversations collected here lead the reader into Moore’s creative mind, demonstrating his fusion of African American music, culture, and history into poetry, especially his jazz poetry, jazzku, and bluesku. In interviews that range from 1995 to 2022, Moore reveals his capabilities and responsibilities as a contemporary poet, professor, mentor, editor, and organizer. This volume serves as an indispensable source for writers and readers of poetry and African American literature.


Lenard D. Moore is the author, editor and co-editor of more than 20 books, including The Geography of Jazz, Long Rain, A Temple Looming, All The Songs We Sing, A Million Shadows At Noon, among others. His poems, short stories, essays, and reviews have been published in more than 500 publications. His poetry has appeared in more than 150 anthologies. His poetry has been translated into several languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award, Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (2003, 1994, and 1983), Sam Ragan Award, Raleigh Medal of the Arts Award, among others. He is the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America. He is a U.S. Army Veteran.