Duriel E. Harris

Poet / Performer / Sound Artist / Scholar

Co-founder of the avant-garde poetry/performance trio the Black Took Collective and Call & Response—a dynamic of Black women and performance, and member of Douglas Ewart’s creative music ensembles, Duriel E. Harris holds degrees from Yale and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. A MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow, Harris has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Recent writing appears in BAX (Best American Experimental Writing), The &Now Awards, Fifth Wednesday, Boundary 2, and Fence. Current projects include the sound compilation “Black Magic” (Asian Improv Records), and Thingification—a one-woman show, which made its workshop debut off off Broadway at the 11th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival (Wild Project). Selections from Thingification have been featured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Ghana-Legon, Kwara State University (Nigeria), the University of Missouri Corner Playhouse, Babylon Cinema (Berlin), the MCA Chicago, and the Babel Theatre (Beirut). Author of the poetry collections Drag and Amnesiac, and co-author of the International Literary Film Festival jury selection Speleology, Harris is Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and an associate professor of Creative Writing at Illinois State University.