Timothy L. Moore (Urban Thoughts) is a spoken word artist based out of MEMPHIS, TN. Timothy Moore graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts as an English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. After graduation, he joined a trio of poets which successfully launched a series of powerful spoken word events that grew to become known as Uncensored Live! Feeling the need to educate his community about the importance of English and language, he returned to the University of Memphis to graduate from the School of Education with the Arts in Teaching Master’s degree with a specific concentration in Instruction and Curriculum. Timothy Moore taught effectively for four years in the Memphis City School system before deciding to return to the stage full-time to address problems that he witnessed in his community.
Timothy Moore turned the corner from a guy with a pen to Urban Thoughts, under the direction of well-known poet and author Mr. Gordon O’ Sing and Mrs. Sarah McCullum who helped develop his voice through writing workshops at the University of Memphis. O’Sing challenged Timothy, “…to write beyond what you feel like you should write; instead, write the hard and never fearful truth.” Having cut his teeth on the local Memphis Slam and poetry scene, Timothy ventured out nationally. He has performed in over 20 states including Nevada, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Arizona, California, Georgia, both Carolinas, Kentucky, and numerous cities. He has been featured on television, radio, internet, and print. Whether performing in large stages in front of hundreds or intimate wedding settings of just a handful, Urban brings the same dedication to a memorable performance.
To continue to raise awareness for social issues through his poetry and writing, Urban Thoughts authored the Urban Thoughts Poetry blog to provide a forum for current issues. Urban's blog has captured an active audience that follows and engages conversation on a wide array of topics from entertainment and dating to politically conscious material or personal reflections on current social issues.
As an artist, Urban is capable of writing on any subject or performing in any venue. His humble demeanor and conscious effort to leave the audience with thoughtful reflection and enthusiastic entertainment provide for a unique poetic experience. Some of his literary influences are: Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Beau Sia, G. Yamazawa, Saul Williams, Reggie Gibson, Nikki Giovanni, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
As a small business enthusiast, Urban Thoughts founded Speak LIFE Society which creates high quality spoken word events, business documents, and educates youth on the power of a pen. Speak LIFE Society is a community partner of the MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES through the TEAM UP Project which creates literacy based community service projects for the youth of Memphis, TN.
As a community advocate for the youth, Urban Thoughts founded the P.E.O.P.L.E which is the Memphis spoken word slam team. To create a network where poetry is influential in the growth of the community has always been a dream to Urban and THE P.E.O.P.L.E are the link towards bridging the old guard and the new warriors of poets that exist on the poetry scene now. Urban is continually looking to improve the network of the youth poets into the market. He serves as a mentor through the TEAM UP project and has personally mentored over 20 young men and 25 young ladies to college. He has taught over 3,000 students through the school system and workshops. Truly embracing the role as a mentor, Urban finds joy in the smile of a new writer and hopes to witness the birth of many more to come.
Interests and Current Projects
With the support of fans, friends, and family: Urban aims to complete and release his first book self-titled: Urban Thoughts, which is currently being pursued by two publishers by late 2018. His Spoken word CD is set for release late mid 2018. His a cappella CD True Life, which chronicles his spoken word pieces of past favorites from previous seasons, is available now. Urban continues to tour and work on his craft while simultaneously launching an original writing workshop series for adults and the youth. He currently works in the Memphis School System as a reading specialist. Blending English with cool, Timothy "Urban Thoughts" Moore is a sought after educator (reading specialist) who loves to show scholars what's truly inside of books and dreams. “The youth are our future and their words have to be protected,” is his call to action. Urban Thoughts hosts youth and adult workshops in schools, churches, and corporate gatherings to encourage the use of writing as a form of stress relief and expression. Never forgetting Memphis, he does his best to perform/schedule locally and is always just one call away from your city.
Award Winning National Poet and Activist Is Thankful of the current Recognitions of his recent work
2020 Selected Member of Cohort 3- 2020 Education Reform Now- Leaders of Color Initiative
2020 Latoya Tenille's 40 under 40 Memphis Creatives
2019 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Project Based Learning Summer Colloquium XQ cohort
2019 iWin Laureate Blaze Award: Education and Leadership
2019 West Tennessee Representative Judge for the Poetry Out Loud National Competition
2018 Spillit Slam: Story Telling Finalist
2017-18 Kindle Award Honoree for Community Leaders: Education and Community Service
2017 ThinkCerca Duo Poem of the Year
2016 Memphis Juneteenth: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Best in Black Awards: Best In Black Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Mtenzi Awards Mtenzi Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Shelby County Board of Commissioners: Commodore C. Primous Outstanding Male Educator
2016 Congressional Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Service in Education and Community Service
2016 WREG and Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week 2016 Finalist for Love Healthy.Org Virtual Slam
2015 Best in Black Awards Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2014 Mtenzi Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2014 Memphis Gospel Award Humanitarian of the Year Award
Featured 2015 Juneteenth Spoken Word Artist
2015 Recipient to present COSEBOC Literacy Workshop: Coded Language
Founder of The Unspoken Youth Poetry Slam team which is currently ranked #1 in the TN Southern Word
Founder of The People who revitalized Poetry Slam in Memphis, TN after a 15 year absence.
Founder of Speak Life Society who won TEAM UP Community Partner of the year to the Memphis Grizzlies
Slam Master of Memphis, TN & supporter of all things slam.