jessica Care moore is a internationally renowned poet, playwright, actor, activist, producer and CEO of Moore Black Press and founder of the phenomenal Black Women Rock! Concert Weekend, Art Exhibition and Workshop. An Apollo Legend, her poetry was featured on rap music star Nas’s, Nastradamus Album, jazz artist Antonio Hart, famed Michigan emcee, One Belo, and is featured on Talib Kweli’s forthcoming album. She is the returning star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and was Executive Producer and Host of her own show, Spoken, on the Black Family Channel, Directed and produced by Robert Townsend.
The busy poet is currently recording her first jazz record, The Legend of Jessi James in collaboration with pianists Jon Dixon and Kenny Watson, which features famed composer, Daniel Bernard Romain, and vocalist, Jose James. She is also preparing to record her rock and roll record, Black Tea.
She is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, and a forthcoming book of essays, Conduit: Literary Apartheid and other essays. She has performed her poems and solo theater shows all over the United States, in South Africa, and across Europe. From her Broadway performances at Carnegie Hall, or Harlem’s Apollo Theater, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, to New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, moore believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone.
A artist educator, moore was the first poet in residence at Dartmouth College and is the annual Artist in Residence in St. Louis jails and prisons through Prison Performing Arts. She has developed curriculum and presented her work at universities, high schools and arts education programs all over the country. She is the youngest writer published in the Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women Writers.
One of her six theater shows, The Missing Project:Pieces of the D is an international storytelling live art music show that features an experimental jazz orchestra and the work of graffiti artist Antonio “Shades” Agee. moore continues to push the boundaries of genre, with her first conceptual art installation, NANOC: I Sing The Body Electric. She lives in Detroit, where she is completing her screenplay, and a memoir, Love is Not the Enemy, while raising the 5-year old love of her life, King Thomas.
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