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 has performed, researched and presented work in 30 countries. Her sound poetry been featured at numerous institutions, such as Dia Art Foundation, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Museum of Modern 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. She is the writer/editor of 7 books. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Kore: Poemes/Per-Form: Poems of Mythos and Place (also her first collection in French translation, joca seria, 2017). Her creative non-fiction work, “WhoDo With Words” debuted in 2018. She is a former fellow of Cave Canem and the CPCW Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Tracie holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, CUNY, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and has studied acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is a certified and Registered voice coach. She is a 2018 Master Artist in Residence for the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the 2018 WPR Fellow at Harvard University.