Embodying Voice In Page and Performance — Workshop with Tracie Morris

Oral poetry precedes poetry on the page by millennia, yet we rarely think about how essential one is to the other when talking about “serious” work. This traditional perspective will be challenged in this experiential workshop. We will explore how voice and page-based writing connects to the body, articulation, rhythm and sound. We will do physically-enacted exercises that connect these two realms of writing.

Loose comfortable clothing for warm-ups, an interest in vocal technique and a range of poetic styles is required for full participation in this workshop. Writing by hand strongly encouraged in the course.

Tracie Morris

Tracie Morris is a poet, vocalist and vocal coach who works in multiple media. She has performed extensively around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at numerous institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Whitney Biennial. Morris is the recipient of awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, Franklin Furnace and Creative Capital fellowships as well as residencies at Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Tracie’s work has been extensively anthologized and recorded. Her most recent poetry collection, handholding:5 kinds, was published by Kore Press in 2016. Her upcoming book is Selected and New (in Translation) (joca seria 2017). She is co-editor of Best American Experimental Writing 2016 with Charles Bernstein, (Wesleyan University Press 2017). Tracie holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and a Cave Canem Fellow. Tracie is the founding Professor and Coordinator of Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, New York.