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jessica Care moore's WILD BEAUTY

Libretto + Poetry + Song
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jessica Care moore's WILD BEAUTY

Libretto + Poetry + Song

Friday, October 21, 2022—8:00pm

Friday, October 21, 2022—8:00pm
The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube
3 hours

Poet jessica Care moore explores love, loss, isolation, and the need for laughter in this visceral new operatic work. Featuring jessica Care moore, Kisma Jordan, and Ideeyah with full musical ensemble, experience a magical evening full of sonic storytelling, rooted in our resilience as humans through the power of love and cultural memory.

A collaboration between moore and 2022 Kresge Artist Fellow, composer, arranger, and saxophonist De’Sean Jones, this special evening will be wildly unforgettable and absolutely full of beauty. 


jessica Care moore


jessica Care moore is an award-winning, world-renowned poet, recording artist, book publisher, and actor. She is the Executive Producer and Founder of the 18-year old rock & roll concert and empowerment weekend, Daughters of Betty - Powered by Black WOMEN Rock!

moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, and Sunlight Through Bullet Holes. Her fifth book, We Want Our Bodies Back (published by Harper Collins in 2020), won the American Library Association Black Caucus Poetry Honor. Her first children's book, Her Crown Shines, is slated to be published in 2023 (Harper Collins).

Her full-scale theatrical work, Salt City, A Futurist Techno Choreopoem, opens at The Apollo Theater in Spring of 2023. She is the 2018 Joyce Award Winner, 2019 and 2017 Knight Arts Recipient, 2016 Kresge Art Fellow, the 2013 Alain Locke Awardee, and recipient of the 2015 NAACP Great Expectation Award.

Your favorite's emcee's favorite poet, moore has recorded her poetry with Common, Nas, Jeezy, Talib Kweli, Karriem Riggins, Jeff Mills, The Last Poets, Jose James, Roy Ayers, and more. She's read her work and leant her powerful voice to many causes all over the world. She just wrapped on her first feature film, He Looked Like A Postcard, directed by Qasim Basir, which she produced, wrote, and performed in the lead role.

moore captivated a national television audience in the 90s when she won the legendary Showtime at the Apollo competition a record-breaking five times in a row—with a poem. moore's poetry and voice is prominently featured on the 4th floor of the Smithsonian's New National Museum of African American History. She is a proud Detroiter and lives in the city, where she raises her 16-year old emerging artist son, King.

Kisma Jordan


De'Sean Jones


De’Sean Jones, a Detroit School of Arts alumnus, is a two-time Grammy Award-nominated and three-time Stellar Award-winning composer and arranger. He is the protégé of both the late trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave and techno pioneer Mad Mike Banks, as well as a long time member of Underground Resistance. Jones has garnered opportunities to teach, compose, and tour the world extensively, collaborating with music icons such as Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, and Faith Evans. Through his consistent artistic efforts, Jones aspires to uphold the rich musical legacy of Detroit.

Such A Wild Beauty; Extracted from black ashes; A series of calculated crashes; I simply call them romances ... ”

-jessica Care moore



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