Manny is of Yaqui-Tarascan descent and an Enrolled Member of the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. His Yaqui Ancestry records date back to the late 1700’s. He has two books published: The Bridge is Gone, poetry, and The Elder: a Tribute, remembrance of elders Harry Jack and Barry Beaver Turner--both published by Back40 Publishing. Manny’s poems are about the beauty and heartache of growing up in rural Livingston, where his grandparents settled in the early 1900’s, and about his rough and crazy decades in Stockton. Readers have admired the plain language, emotional power, and honesty of Moreno’s verse. His poems have appeared in Song of the San Joaquin, Hincha Poesia and Whispering Thunder. He was nominated for the Pushcart Award in 2011 and was Poet of the Month for Moon Tide Press in June 2012.
Moreno is a Sundancer and member of the Black Wolf Honor Society Gourd Clan and Native American Church. He has appeared on Native Voice TV in Santa Clara, KKUP Indian Time Radio in Cupertino and on Channel Ten for Native American Month. Manny has lectured and read his poems in many venues, most recently at Modesto Junior College (Modesto), and the Haggin Museum and Mexican Cultural Center (Stockton).
Check out an insightful interview with Manny on Native Voice TV