jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned, award-winning poet.
She is the Executive Producer and Founder of the 15-year old rock & roll concert and empowerment weekend, Black WOMEN Rock! moore is strong believer in institution building and created Moore Black Press Publishing in 1997, and began publishing her peers, Saul Williams, asha bandele, Danny Simmons, and Newark Mayor and poet, Ras Baraka. and others. She is an educator and strong advocate for youth and women's voices.
moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, and the forthcoming We Want Our Bodies Back. (Harper Collins). Her full scale theatrical work, Salt City, (A Techno Choreopoem) premiered in Detroit in 2019.
She is the 2018 Joyce Award Winner, 2017 Knight Arts Recipient, 2016 Kresge Art Fellow, The 2013 Alain Locke Awardee and the 2015 NAACP Great Expectation Award.
She's read her work and leant her powerful voice to many causes all over the world, including, UN World Aids Day NYC, Shanghai's Iron Mic and Concrete & Grass Music Festival, and joined poets from around the world at the International Flupp Literary Festival in Rio De Janeiro. 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.
The poet captivated a national television audience in the 90's when she won the 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 4th floor of the Smithsonian's New National Museum of African American History.