Live Stream: Reader Meet Writer: All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective

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Lenard D. Moore, internationally-acclaimed poet, anthologist, and professor, and North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will discuss the collective, which has shaped the modern literary landscape of the Carolinas for the last twenty-five years. They will be joined by contributors who will read selections from poems, stories, and essays included in this collection. Contributors joining us include L. Teresa Church, Crystal Simone Smith, Bridgette A. Lacy, Grace Ocasio, Fred Joiner, Carole Boston Weatherford, Camille T. Dungy, Angela Belcher-Epps, and Gideon Young. 

ALL THE SONGS WE SING

North Carolina is home to a dazzling array of African-American writers who have been meeting and working for more than twenty-five years in service to their craft. Together, they form the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with All the Songs We Sing, an anthology of works by members of the collective, edited by its founder and world-renowned poet, Lenard D. Moore.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green introduces the anthology, which includes works by Lenard D. Moore, Bridgette A. Lacy, Crystal Simone Smith, Evie Shockley, Camille T. Dungy, Carole Boston Weatherford, and many others. Individually, these poems, stories, and essays have helped these Carolinians voice their experiences. They remind us of our history, insist on change, and gathered together, their chorus amplifies and demands to be heard. These writers have shaped the modern literary landscape of the Carolinas for the last twenty-five years and will continue to influence and inspire African-American writers for generations to come.

Lenard D. Moore, internationally-acclaimed poet, anthologist, and professor, is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective. His works, including The Geography of JazzA Temple LoomingDesert Storm: A Brief HistoryForever Home, The Open Eye and others, have been published in more than fifteen countries.

Jaki Shelton Green is the current Poet Laureate of North Carolina. She is the first African American and third woman to hold the honor. She was named an Academy of American Poet Laureate Fellow by the Academy of American Poets. Her books include Breath of the Songsinging a tree into danceDead on ArrivalConjure Blues, and I Want to Undie You.

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All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective Cover Image
By Lenard D. Moore (Editor), Jaki Shelton Green (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781949467338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolina Wren Press - June 2nd, 2020