Poet, Performer, Professor


Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 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 and museums. She leads her own eponymous band and is a lead singer for Elliott Sharp's group, Terraplane. Tracie is the recipient of NYFA, Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council and other grants, fellowships, residencies and awards for poetry and performance including Yaddo, Millay and MacDowell colonies. Tracie presents her work as a poet, performer and scholar around the globe and has presented, performed and researched in almost 30 countries and 40 US States. She has contributed to, and been written about in, several anthologies of literary criticism including: The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, The Break Beat Poets, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women, The  &Now Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, American Women Poets in the 21st Century, Eco-language Reader and An Exaltation of Forms. Her most recent poetry collection, Rhyme Scheme, (Zasterle Press, 2012) also includes a sound poetry CD. She is also the author of Intermission (Soft Skull Press, 1998) and Chap-T-her Won (TM Ink) . Tracie was recently featured on the experimental blues recording 4am Always, with Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane. She is co-editor, with Charles Bernstein, of “Best American Experimental Writing” (2016) from Wesleyan University Press. Her upcoming book, handholding: 5 kinds, is published by Kore Press, debuting in late 2015. Tracie 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 American acting techniques at Michael Howard Studios. Tracie holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs, The Shakespeare Society and The Shakespeare Forum. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.