Kamilah Aisha Moon

I readily acknowledge that I am an instrument of spirit. The woman I was two weeks ago isn’t the woman I am today. Time marries experience to alter us in numerous ways as we interact with the world. The poems I write are receipts of these interactions, lyrical invoices that record the glories and costs of breathing.

Lambda Award Finalist

New American Poet / Poetry Society of America




Moon writes with wisdom, rage and grace of the slain, the stolen and the conquered.… I find myself utterly ravaged and unreservedly restored.
— Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate
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!
— Grace Cavalieri
Throughout, Moon explores the body and the many traumas it must absorb, confronting death, survival, and the space in between with grace and radiance.
Publishers Weekly

Starshine & Clay (Four Way Books, 2017), Moon’s astonishing follow-up to award-nominated She Has a Name,  brings us a solemn villanelle and freewheeling rhyme, sculpted minimalism and sprawling lines. It takes such range to see and hear America today, and Moon is a poet whose voice we need, whose tenderness and determination can help us look beyond as “We are left to imagine the day / it won’t require imagination / to care about all of the others.” (“Imagine.”)

Moon is a Pushcart Prize winner, Lambda Award finalist, and a 2015 New American Poet, who has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Rose O'Neill Literary House, Hedgebrook, and Cave Canem. The author of Starshine & Clay (2017) and She Has a Name (2013), both published by Four Way Books, her work has been featured widely, including the Harvard Review, Poem A Day, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Moon holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.



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