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Joshua Moore honored by Poetry Foundation for work on ‘Versify’ podcast

Posted by on Thursday, April 1, 2021 in spotlight.

Joshua Moore (MFA ’20) has been honored by the Poetry Foundation for his production on the Fisk Jubilee Singers, broadcasted on WPLN’s podcast Versify.  This work, written and produced by Joshua, has been selected as one of six episodes to air on Roll Call: A Black Poetry Radio Hour, a VS podcast miniseries to spotlight urgent and emergent conversations in contemporary poetry. 

The episode featuring Joshua’s work will be a one-hour dramatic production tracking the evolution and influence of the Fisk Jubilee Singers over the past 150 years, focusing on three landmark performances: their inaugural tour, their concert in Queen Victoria’s court, and their 2007 “A Sacred Journey” concert at Elmina Castle in Ghana. The narrative will be interspersed with poems written by Black Nashville/Fisk-affiliated poets in response to Jubilee Singers’ archival materials.

Joshua Moore (he/him) is a Nashville poet, the host and producer for Nashville Public Radio’s Versify podcast, and the lead writer/producer of Seizing Freedom from VPM and Stitcher, he holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University; musician Colleen Phelps hosts and produces the podcast Classically Speaking from Nashville Public Radio and is the Music Director and Midday Host at WUOL Classical Louisville.