The Geography of Jazz

Friday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.


Renowned poet Lenard Moore will read from his new book “Geography Of Jazz” accompanied by Music Carolina jazz musicians: Matt Kendrick, bass; John Wilson, drums; and Kevin Timmons, keyboards.

Poets from Haiku North America will join Lenard and the trio in the 2nd half of the concert.


$17 General Admission


The Hawthorne Inn - Sycamore Ballroom

420 High St SW, Winston-Salem

Beer and wine are available for purchase at the venue.



Poet, essayist, and playwright Lenard Moore is Associate Professor of English at Mount Olive. He was the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America and is the founder of the Carolina African American Writers Collective.

In The Geography of Jazz, Moore celebrates jazz music and jazz musicians. Some of the poems address specific events. Others honor individual artists. Many do both. Read closely. While the poems may not initially signal the rhythms of jazz in their presentation on the page, they convey jazz rhythms through Moore’s deft handling of the poetic line and his use of formal techniques including but not limited to assonance, onomatopoeia, and repetition. This collection also includes a new poetic form, jazzku, an innovation that recalls Japanese haiku and tanka.

Read more about Lenard Moore in Our State Magazine.


Thao Nguyen is acclaimed for his "velvety baritone and his easy and grace on stage." At home on the classical and contemporary stage and a proud graduate of UNC School of the Arts, Mr. Nguyen has performed with many companies on the east coast including Connecticut Opera, Playhouse on Park, Piedmont Opera, Mountain Theatre, Lees McRae Theatre and Temple Theatre. A champion of new works, his 2019 season included debuting a new operatic work in Washington, D.C. Abie's Chinese Rose for Harbin Opera. In the spring he will rejoining the Moramus Chorale in Winston Salem as their bass soloist in Ernst Wolf’s Easter Cantata and Faure's Requiem and Piedmont Opera's The Elixir of Love. Also active on film and TV, Mr. Nguyen is represented by The Brock Agency for Film/TV/Commercial.  You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @thetaoofThao and for further information.