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2013 THF Fundraiser Release: THF Interview: Lenard D. Moore

Today’s new release is an interview with haiku and long poet, editor and educator Lenard D. Moore, filmed in his native state of North Carolina in 2013.

In 2008, Lenard 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.

The Haiku Foundation would like to thank Lenard D. Moore for his participation in the THF Interview Series.

Please consider making a donation to The Haiku Foundation during our Fundraising Drive, November 28 – December 6. During this time only, every dollar you contribute is matched by an anonymous patron. Your money goes twice as far, and helps the Foundation continue its important work. Thank you.

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  1. I loved hearing Lenard’s voice & seeing his face. Some years ago, when he accepted some haiku of mine when he was haiku editor for SH, I tried to imagine him, but couldn’t, so it was nice for me to be able to place a voice & a face with the name. I also loved that rocking chair, and in the background , were those leaves returning to the branches? No, I believe they were birds 🙂 (What a lovely place!)

    I have Richard Wright’s ‘This Other World’. My favourite is still the one about that French (?) bull with the lilac on one horn. Smile every time I think of it 🙂

    – Lorin

  2. Interesting interview. I take the point about him respecting how Richard Wright, for example ,who was not ‘educated’ in what a haiku should be, created work that transmitted a sense of his identity. This is a real skill, a kind of honesty in which who the poet is, as well as what he/she sees comes across, in so few words. How many of us can say the same – not me.

    I appreciate what Lenard says about the therepeutic value of writing and of ‘writing himself out of grief’, following his daughter’s death.

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