Native Detroiter jessica Care moore is a playwright, author, activist, musician, performance artist, and institution-builder. A five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner and returning star of the HBO Series Def Poetry Jam, moore’s forthcoming collection of poems and visual art installation, We Want Our Bodies Back, honors the life of Sandra Bland. Moore has performed readings for audiences around the globe and has received numerous awards, including a 2016 Kresge Arts Fellowship; the 2013 Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the 2015 Great Expectations NAACP Award. Her poetry and voice is prominently featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History. Additionally, moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, a publishing company dedicated to preserving the new generation of writers and poets, and Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, a movement showcasing the music and stories of Black women who build institutions around their craft.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.