Lenard D. Moore was a writer, educator, and poet.
Moore was born in 1958 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Growing up, he worked with his great-grandmother on a farm. He has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, California, and Germany, where he served in the U.S. Army.
Moore earned his M.A. degree in English/African American Literature from North Carolina’s A&T State University, and his B.A. degree with Magna Cum Laude honors from Shaw University. He was also educated at Coastal Carolina Community College and the University of Maryland.
Moore became the first Southerner and the first African American to be elected as president of the Haiku Society of America. He is executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society, founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, and co-founder of Washington Street Writers’ Group. He has won the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for his contribution to the fine arts of North Carolina.
Moore has taught workshops, served on literary panels, and given hundreds of readings at schools, festivals, colleges, and universities, including National Black Arts Festival, Zora Neale Hurston Festival, People’s Poetry Gathering, Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center (Camden, New Jersey), and The Library of Congress.
He has also been featured on several radio and television programs, including The Story: with Dick Gordon (broadcaster), Finding Haiku, a radio interview that aired August 20, 2007.