The inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, Indigo Moor's ""Through the Stonecutter's Window"" is a sustained and impressive dialogue with the visual arts, history, the natural world, and the poet's dreams and nightmares. The verse dances polyrhythmically across and down each page. Always in motion, Moor's lines are choreographed to make sense of all that is most elusive in meaning: music, violence, love, anger, and desire. Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation of African American poets in writing workshops and MFA programs, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and a high-achieving fellowship of 289 poets residing in 34 states. Its programs include an annual week-long retreat, first and second book prizes, Legacy Conversations, Poets on Craft talks, writing workshops, publications, and national readings. Such world-class poets as Elizabeth Alexander, Lucille Clifton, and Yusef Komunyakaa number among the organization's faculty and judges.
Indigo Moor's first book of poetry, Tap-Root, was published in 2006 as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. His poetry and short stories have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Xavier Review, LA Review, Poetry Now, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. He has received the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and finalist finishes for the T. S. Eliot Prize, Crab Orchard First Book Prize, Saturnalia First Book Award, the Naomi Long Madgett Book Award, and the Word Works Prize. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists.