Wayétu Moore, an accomplished fiction/nonfiction writer and member of Randolph’s M.F.A. in creative writing program’s core faculty, will give a special reading at Randolph on Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge of Smith Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Moore is the author of She Would Be King, released by Graywolf Press in September, 2018. Her memoir is also forthcoming with Graywolf. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine, and other publications. She has been featured in The Economist Magazine as well as on NPR, NBC, BET, and ABC, among other networks, for her work in advocacy for diversity in children’s literature.
Moore is the founder of One More Book, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that encourages reading among children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures by publishing culturally relevant books that speak to their truths, and by creating bookstores and reading corners that serve their communities. Her first bookstore opened in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2015.
Moore is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California. She is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she is researching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary classrooms of underrepresented groups. In addition to teaching at Randolph, Moore is an Africana studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.