Nationally-acclaimed haiku poet, UMO English professor to deliver lecture Thursday night

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Lenard Duane Moore, professor of English at the University of Mount Olive, will deliver the Pi Gamma Mu/Phi Kappa Phi and N.C. Humanities Council’s annual fall lecture Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Harris Teeter Auditorium in Maddox Hall.

Moore will speak on “The Black Arts Movement (BAM): Another Burst of Poetic Creativity.”

A Jacksonville, North Carolina, native, Moore is the writer of more than 20 forms of poetry, drama, essays, and literary criticism. In addition, he has been writing and publishing haiku for over 20 years.

He is the executive chair of the North Carolina Haiku Society, founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collection, and co-founder of Washington Street Writers’ Group.

In 2008, he became the first Southerner and first African American to be elected president of the Haiku Society of America. He is also a recipient of the 2006 Sam Ragan Award for his outstanding contributions to the fine arts of North Carolina.