Tracie Morris USA

Close Listening

Readings and Conversations at WPS1.Org
Clocktower Studio, New York, May 22, 2005
  • Tracie Morris in conversation with Charles Bernstein (28:10): MP3
WPS1 Reading/Performance
  • Entire Reading/Performance (25:39): MP3
  1. Discussion of first two poems (0:32): MP3
  2. Premie: Baby Girl Morris 2 lbs. 0 oz. (1:08): MP3
  3. Heroine (0:59)MP3
  4. Discussion of next two poems (0:19): MP3
  5. There's Traces (1:20): MP3
  6. Physical Plane (1:09): MP3
  7. Discussion of Vertical (0:32): MP3
  8. Vertical (0:50): MP3
  9. Discussion of Sound Poetry (1:07): MP3
  10. My Great Grand Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter (2:01): MP3
  11. Discussion of Petro (0:43): MP3
  12. Petro (1:34): MP3
  13. Discussion of narrative poetry (0:58): MP3
  14. "What the sister brother ..." (1:12): MP3
  15. Discussion of previous poem and Seeing an Ex-Lover in a Public Place (2:10): MP3
  16. Seeing an Ex-Lover in a Public Place (0:37): MP3
  17. Discussion of poems written for experimental theater (1:25): MP3
  18. Afro-Futurism (1:50): MP3
  19. Discussion of Afro-Futurism and Mother Earth (0:49): MP3
  20. Mother Earth (0:44): MP3
  21. Discussion of Project Princess (0:38): MP3
  22. Project Princess (1:25): MP3
  23. Close Listening produced by Charles Bernstein for WPS1
    2005 Tracie Morris and Charles Bernstein
    Studio Engineer: Darrell McNeill

From the Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader Launch Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, September 19, 2009
  • Complete Reading: MP3

Reading at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, March 28, 2009

Complete Reading (33:44): MP3

Reading for the 3rd Annual Caroline Rothstein Oral Poetry Program at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 2008
  1. Introduction (3:07): MP3
  2. Heroine (2:09): MP3
  3. Hard Kore (1:55): MP3
  4. The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked (6:01): MP3
  5. Africa(n) (6:17): MP3
  6. My Great Grand Aunt Speaks to a Bush Supporter (2:26): MP3
  7. Coda (1:18): MP3
  8. Money (10:04): MP3
  9. Getaway 1928 (4:25): MP3
  10. Pretty Feet (6:25): MP3
  11. Petro (4:28): MP3
  12. A Dream Within A Dream (by Edgar Allan Poe) (4:13): MP3
Complete Reading (53:06): MP3

Appearing on Ceptuetics Radio, September 17, 2008
  • Get It, Got It (a collaboration with Elliott Sharp) (2:52): MP3
  • from "Gallery" (1:15): MP3
  • from "Truth Be Told" (1:48): MP3

Complete Recording (28:05): MP3

Tracie Morris reading Conceptual Poetry & Its Others at the Poetry Center
University of Arizona, May 29 - 31, 2008
  • "Truth Be Told," collaboration performend with Charles Bernstein (11:24): MP3text (from Brooklyn Rail)

People's Poetry Gathering 2006
  • Chain Gang (2:07): MP3

Whitney Museum 2002 Biennial Exhibit
  • From Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful (3:40): MP3

    Vision Festival with DD Jackson, New York, 1997
    • Complete Recording (55:39): MP3

    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. 2004 Tracie Morris. Used with permission of Tracie Morris. Distributed by UbuWeb PennSound.

    Tracie Morris is an American poet and academic originally from Brooklyn, New York. Morris emerged as a performer and writer from the Lower East Side poetry scene in the early 1990s. She became known as a local performer in the "slam" scene located in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, New York, and eventually made the 1993 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team. She competed in the 1993 National Poetry Slam held that year in San Francisco along with her Nuyorican teammates Maggie Estep, Hal Sirowitz and Regie Cabico.

    Soon after, she began touring with other "slam poets" around the country and abroad, including Maggie Estep, Dael Orlandersmith, Mike Tyler and Paul Beatty and performed her work on MTV's Spoken Word: Unplugged. She was also performing with music from the outset of her poetry career—collaborating with musicians she met through the Black Rock Coalition, an organization that she was affiliated with from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. Morris' work is embraced by slam and performance poets as well as the Language Poets, a contemporary poetic avant-garde. She is featured, for example, on Charles Bernstein's Close Listening radio program and was featured at a 2008 conference on Conceptual Poetics alongside Bernstein, Marjorie Perloff, Craig Dworkin and others.

    Morris is now known as a sound artist and sound poet and as an occasional theatrical performer. Her work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. In 2008 her poem "Africa(n)" was included on the compilation album Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records; produced by Mendi & Keith Obadike). Morris has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, CUNY; and has taught in several institutions of higher education (she is an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute). She was the 2007-2008 Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. -- Wiki