'All the Songs We Sing A Multi-genre anthology'
North Carolina is home to a dazzling array of African-American writers who have been meeting and working for more than twenty-five years in service to their craft. Together, they form the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with All the Songs We Sing, an anthology of works by members of the collective, edited by its founder and world-renowned poet, Lenard D. Moore. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green introduces the anthology, which includes works by Lenard D. Moore, Bridgette A. Lacy, Crystal Simone Smith, Evie Shockley, Camille T. Dungy, and many others. Individually, these poems, stories, and essays have helped these Carolinians voice their experiences. They remind us of our history, insist on change, and gathered together, their chorus amplifies and demands to be heard. These writers have shaped the modern literary landscape of the Carolinas for the last twenty-five years and will continue to influence and inspire African-American writers for generations to come
Dr. L. Teresa Church has been a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective since 1995. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Simply Haiku,The Heron’s Nest,Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora,Solo Café, Nocturnes: (Re)view of the Literary Arts, African American Review, North Carolina Literary Review, her chapbooks Hand-Me-Down Calicos and Beyond the Water Dance, and One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku.
Angela Belcher Epps’ work has appeared in the North Carolina Literary Review, Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community, Essence, moonShine Review, When Women Awaken, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Reflections, Pembroke Magazine #39, and others. Salt in the Sugar Bowl, a novella, was released in 2014 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Two essays are forthcoming in the 2020 anthology: Heartspace: Real Life Stories on Death and Dying.
Chantal James has been the recipient of such honors as a Fulbright fellowship in creative writing to Morocco, a full fellowship in fiction to the Vermont Studio Center, first prize at the Hollins University Literary Festival, and finalist in the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction prize from the North Carolina Literary Review. She’s published across genres in The Torch Magazine, Paste Magazine, Transition Magazine, Catapult, The Bitter Southerner, and more.
Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist and author. She served as a longtime features writer for the Raleigh News & Observer. She’s the author of Sunday Dinner, a part of the Savor the South series by UNC Press and a finalist for the Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize. Lacy is also a contributor to The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food and 27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry. Her work has appeared in Our State Magazine, Salt, and O.Henry magazines.
Lenard D. Moore is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His literary works have been published in more than fifteen countries and translated into more than a dozen languages. He taught African-American literature and creative writing at the University of Mount Olive, where he directed the literary festival. He is a U.S. Army Veteran. Moore is the author of Geography of Jazz, A Temple Looming, Desert Storm: A Brief History, Forever Home, and The Open Eye, among others. He is the editor for One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African-American Writers’ Collective and the executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He was the first African-American president of the Haiku Society of America. His awards include the North Carolina Award for Literature and the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award.
"An expansive spectrum of literary purpose and aesthetics that shine fiercely" --from the introduction by Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate