MariJo Moore, of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry is an author/artist/poet/essayist/lecturer/editor/anthologist/publisher/creative writing workshop facilitator/spiritual advisor/medium. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston, England, where she received a BA in Literature. Her published works include Crow Quotes, Desert Quotes, Spirit Voices of Bones, Tree Quotes, Red Woman With Backward Eyes and Other Stories, Confessions of a Madwoman, also on CD) and a novel, The Diamond Doorknob, (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING); Feeding the Ancient Fires: A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians (editor, Cross Roads Press); The Ice Man, The First Fire, The Cherokee Little People, (children's books published by Rigby Education); and a bilingual edition (Dutch/English) Woestijnwoorden (Desert Words) published by Uitgeverij Kramat, Belgium, and Genocide of the Mind: New Writings by Native Americans (editor, Nations Books/Thunders Mouth Press NYC); Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust (editor, Thunder’s Mouth Press NYC), and Birthed From Scorched Hearts : Women Respond to War to be released in late 2008 by Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO.
Ms. Moore was a member of the editorial board of Doubletake: Points of Entry, and her work has appeared in numerous publications She has served on the New York State Council on the Arts Literature panel, the North Carolina Humanities Council, National Caucus of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the board of the North Carolina Writers' Network (in 1994-97 and currently), and the Speakers' Bureau for the North Carolina Humanities Council. In the past sixteen years, Ms. Moore has presented more than four-hundred literary readings/lectures and creative writing workshops at numerous literary gatherings and educational institutions; most recently Harvard University, University of New Hampshire, Montreat College, Kenyon College, University of Tennessee and The Tenth Annual Conference on Domestic Violence Among Native Women in Palms Springs, CA. Her creative works (written and art) have appeared in numerous publications, and she has presented six art showings.
Ms. Moore resides in the mountains of western NC, where she writes editorials on Indigenous issues for various publications, and is Poetry Editor for Rapid River Arts and Literature Journal, an Asheville based publication. Her commentaries on Native issues have aired on NPR and WBAI 99.5, First Voices /Indigenous Radio in NYC. She is founder of rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, which was chosen as Publisher of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2001. Recent publications include Please Do Not Touch The Indians, a play by Joseph A. Dandurand, First Nation Kwantlen, British Columbia. She has recently begun a vanity press, Silver Rings Press - the first publication is Souled Out: A Memoir of War and Inner Peace by Michael S. Orban and The Wall: Christopher in the Badlands by Dave Jones.