Next Up | Tracie Morris

The New Writing Series, in collaboration with the Honors College, presents a performance by poet Tracie Morris on Thursday, March 20, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the new Black Box performance space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. New Writing Series coordinator Steve Evans will host.

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a sound poet, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries. She also leads her own eponymous band and is lead singer for Elliott Sharp’s group, Terraplane.

Morris is the recipient of numerous awards for poetry and performance and has contributed to, and been written about in, several anthologies of literary criticism. Her most recent poetry collection, Rhyme Scheme, includes a sound poetry CD. She is currently working on two books about the philosopher J.L. Austin and Black vernacular, a creative project on Ira Aldridge and recently completed tracks on 4am Always, a new recording with Terraplane, She holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

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