jessica Care moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation. An internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer, she is the recipient of the 2013 Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts. 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 a memoir, Love is Not The Enemy. Her poetry has been heard on stages like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has performed on every continent. jessica Care moore believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone.
Born in Detroit, jessica Care moore first came to national prominence when she won the legendary “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” competition, a record-breaking five times in a row. Her searing performance of the poem “Black Statue of Liberty” earned moore several meetings with high-profile publishing companies, but in 1997, she chose instead to launch her own publishing company, Moore Black Press. She released her first book, The Words Don’t Fit In My Mouth, and sold more than 20,000 copies. Along with her own work, she proudly published famed poets such Saul Williams, Shariff Simmons, Def Poetry Jam’s co-founder Danny Simmons, NBA player Etan Thomas, Ras Baraka and former Essence Magazine editor Asha Bandele.
jessica Care moore’s work is not limited to her own publications. She has been published in several literary collections, including 44 on 44, (Third World Press, 2011), A Different Image, (U of D Mercy Press, 2004), Abandon Automobile, (WSU Press, 2001), Listen Up! (Random House, 1999), Step Into A World, (Wiley Publishing, 2001), Role Call (Third World Press, 2002), and Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown Publishing, 2001). She is the youngest poet published in the Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women’s Literature by Valerie Lee, alongside literary greats such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou and many others.
jessica Care moore has graced the cover of The New York Times, The Metro Times, Michigan FrontPage, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, African Voices Magazine, and Black Elegance Magazine. She has been featured in print and online magazines across the world, including Essence, Huffington Post, Blaze, The Source, Vibe, Bomb, Mosaic, Savoy, One World, Upscale, Ambassador Magazine, UPTOWN and others. Her multimedia show, God is Not an American, was produced by The Apollo Theater and Time Warner’s NYC Parks Summer Concert Series. She was the host, writer and co-executive producer of the poetry-driven television show Spoken, which was produced and directed by Robert Townsend and aired on The Black Family Channel. moore’s poetry is featured on Nas’ Nastradamus album and Talib Kweli’s Attack The Block mixtape, and she is a returning star of Russell Simmons’ HBO series Def Poetry Jam.
As an artist/activist, jessica Care moore has lent her powerful voice to the international fight against AIDS. She performed for the United Nations World AIDS Day Commemoration two years in a row, and was one of the organizers of Hip-Hop-A-Thon, a concert in San Francisco which helped increase AIDS education in black and Latino bay-area communities. moore has also performed in front of thousands of people during AIDS WALK opening ceremonies in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Florida and Atlanta.
jessica Care moore lives for the stage and her audience. Her techno solo theater performance, The Missing Project: Pieces of the D is a high-energy homage to Detroit. She has continued to push the boundaries of the genre by producing her first conceptual art installation, NANOC: I Sing The Body Electric, which opened at the Dell Pryor Gallery in 2011. Her Black WOMEN Rock! Exhibition showed at the Charles H. Wright Museum in 2014, and her work is currently on exhibit at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.
This musical focus has led her to create her first album, Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James. Black Tea is a highly personal and passionate piece of work. It reflects decades of jessica’s Care moore’s poetic musicality, shared with her audience in a fresh and vibrant way. The album was produced by moore and pianist Jon Dixon. Features include Imani Uzuri, Roy Ayers, Talib Kweli, Jose James, One Belo and Ursula Rucker. It was released in fall 2014 by moore’s record company, Words on Wax, in partnership with Javotti Media.
jessica Care moore currently lives, writes and plays in downtown Detroit, where she is proud to be raising her 7-year old visual artist, baseball-loving, drums- and hockey-playing son, King Moore.