Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
born in 1940 in Oakland, California, his first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964. In 1972 his second book, Burnt Heart, Ode to the War Dead, was also published by City Lights. He was the winner of the Ina Coolbrith Award for poetry and the James D. Phelan Award for the manuscript of poems in progress that became Dawn Visions. From 1966 to 1969, he wrote and directed ritual theatre for his Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California. He published three books of poetry in the 1980’s, The Desert is the Only Way Out, The Chronicles of Akhira, and Halley’s Comet. In 1989, he wrote the libretto for a commissioned oratorio by American composer, Henry Brant, entitled Rainforest. Other books include, the best selling The Zen Rock Garden, a men’s movement anthology, Warrior Wisdom, and The Blind Beekeeper, Syracuse University Press (2002).