Indigo Moor

Poet, Fiction Writer

Sacramento, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sacramento, Indigo Moor’s fourth book of poetry, Everybody’s Jonesin’ for Something, took second place in the University of Nebraska Press’ Backwater Prize. Jonesin’—a multi-genre work consisting of poetry, short fiction, memoir pieces, and stage plays—was published in the spring of 2021. Through the Stonecutter’s Window, won Northwestern University Press’s Cave Canem prize. His first and third books, Tap-Root and In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, were both parts of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series. Indigo is part of the visiting faculty for Dominican’s MFA program, teaching poetry and short fiction. His stageplay, Live! At the Excelsior, I was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award. The subsequent screenplay was optioned as a full-length film.

    Indigo is the former Poetry Editor for the Bookends Review Literary Journal and sits on the advisory boards for the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a former resident artist at 916 ink, and a graduate member of the Artist’s Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. Indigo is also a 10-year veteran of the US Navy and a twice-decorated Gulf War Veteran. 

Publications & Prizes


Nevada County Poetry Series (Nevada County Poetry Series, 2006)
Blue Moon Review
Mochila Review
Xavier Review


Gathering Ground (Michigan University Press, 2007)
Ringing Ear (Georgia University Press, 2007)
Cave Canem Anthology (Cave Canem, 2006)
Through the Stonecutter's Window (Northwestern University Press, 2010)
Tap-Root (Main Street Rag, 2006)
Prizes won: 

Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Prize for a second book.

Jack Kerouac Poetry Prize

Vesle Fenstermaker Prize

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Yusef Komunyakaa Carl Phillips Cyrus Cassells
What I'm reading now: 
Unshuttered by Patricia Smith

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Teachers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Charlotte, NC
North Carolina
Raised in: 
Charlotte, NC
North Carolina
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Last update: May 09, 2023