Ms. Kamilah Aisha Moon

New York, United States

Member Since: 11/03/2014


Kamilah Aisha Moon was born September 5th, 1973 in Nashville, TN. She received a BA in English from Paine College in 1998 and earned an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

She is the author of Starshine & Clay (Four Way Books, 2017), and She Has a Name (Four Way Books, 2013), a finalist for the Lambda Award and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle. A Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 New American Poet, she has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Rose O'Neill Literary House, Center for Faith and Work, Hedgebrook and Cave Canem, Moon's work has been featured widely, including in Harvard Review, Poem-A-Day, Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Colorado Review, Oxford American, Best of the Net and elsewhere. She has been featured nationally at conferences, festivals and universities including the Library of Congress and Princeton University.

On the NPR program All Things Considered during a review of “Three Books That Capture America in Poetry,” Tess Taylor remarked that “the Moon book [Starshine & Clay] was incredibly moving to me because it's sort of Whitman even deeper. It's Whitman singing the body electric…they are poems that are so rich with empathy and compassion, you know, for other people, for herself, for the kind of sufferings of the body. And I just found that they were just wonderful. I almost couldn't put this collection down. I read it all through.” 

Grace Cavalieri in the Washington Independent Review of Books wrote about Starshine & Clay, “Poets like Moon who rely on the radical facts of our humanity, and describe them well, produce a physical as well as mental response. Some poems here make my heart beat fast. This heroic writing is in the spirit of Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddamn!’”

Award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy in her New American Poet citation noted about She Has a Name, “True compassion mirrors—refracts, fragments, divides—to allow the one who suffers to feel less alone, not to provide an identity for the mirror. True compassion is rarer than we like to think. This book reveals a motherlode.”

Moon has taught at several institutions, including Rutgers University-Newark and Columbia University. She currently teaches creative writing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

 

Website: http://www.kamilahaishamoon.org

Twitter Username: @kamoonshine


Publications

  • She Has a Name , Four Way Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Starshine & Clay , Four Way Books (September 5, 2017)

Employment

  • Asst. Professor at Agnes Scott College (August 2017 - )

Degrees

  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College (May 2006)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry