Jessica Care moore: Week of Oct. 11, 2020

September 08, 2020

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.: Live from Prairie Lights

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at 7 p.m. — Live from Prairie Lights
Moderated by Professor Lakesia Johnson.

Jessica Care moore is internationally renowned poet and performance artist. She is the executive producer and founder of the 16-year-old rock and roll concert and empowerment weekend, Black WOMEN Rock! Moore is a strong believer in institution building and created Moore Black Press Publishing in 1997. Moore began publishing her literary peers, including Saul Williams, asha bandele, Danny Simmons, and Newark mayor and poet, Ras Baraka.

She is an educator and strong advocate for youth and women’s voices. She has been called by many, “The voice of Detroit.” She penned and voiced the award winning Detroit anthem, “Move Here, Move The World,” NEIdeas, and voiced digital campaigns for The Skillman Foundation, The Henry Ford Museum, Strategic Community Partners, and many more. 

Moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My MouthThe Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes. (Moore Black Press) Her fifth book, “We Want Our Bodies Back” was published by Harper Collins in March. Her full scale theatrical work, Salt City, (An Afrofuturistic techno choreopoem) premiered in Detroit in 2019. She is the 2018 Joyce Award Winner, 2019 and 2017 Knight Arts Recipient, 2016 Kresge Art Fellow, the 2013 Alain Locke Awardee, and the 2015 NAACP Great Expectation Award. 

Your favorite’s emcee’s favorite poet, she has recorded her poetry with Nas, Jeezy,  Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Karriem Riggins, Wordsworth, Elzhi, Valid, The Last Poets, Ursula Rucker, Jose James, Roy Ayers, and more. She’s read her work and lent her powerful voice to many causes all over the world, including United Nations World Aids Day, Shanghai’s Iron Mic Music Festival, Berlin International Poetry Festival, and Flupp International Literary Festival in Brazil, and was honored to perform at the first Afrochella Festival in Ghana during the year of the return. Her work has graced the stages of The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her critically acclaimed jazz soul album, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James was released by emcee Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media Label.   

Moore recently joined forces with techno legends Jeff Mills and Eddie Fowlkes to form “The Beneficiaries.” The Crystal City is Alive collaborative music project is available now.

The poet captivated a national television audience in the 90’s when she won the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” competition a record breaking five times in a row — with a poem. Moore’s poetry and voice is prominently featured on the fourth floor of the  Smithsonian’s New National Museum of African American History.  She is a proud Detroiter and lives in the city where she raises her 13-year-old son King. 

In addition to visiting a number of classes in the 2020–21 school year, jessica Care moore will teach a short course online in Spring 2021: The Body Electric, sponsored by the Innovation Fund. In this course students will study and write poetry that embodies language as an act of survival. From Ntozake Shange, Sonia Sanchez, and Audre Lorde, to the contemporary voices of Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Honoree Jeffries, Tongo Eisen Martin, Willie Perdomo, and more. Students will explore the works of poets from around the world who work on the page and through interdisciplinary performances.

This virtual residency is made possible by support from Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, Intercultural Affairs, the Innovation Fund, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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