Poetry. California Interest. Women's Studies. Charles Mingus's classic 1963 album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is swerved into Harmony Holiday's classic 2018 album THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNERMAN. The albums are not the same, not at all. But they speak to one and other across time and language, motion and sound.
Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, director, and the author of A JAZZ FUNERAL FOR UNCLE TOM (Birds, LLC, 2019), THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNERMAN (Fonograf Editions, 2018) HOLLYWOOD FOREVER (Fence Books, 2017), GO FIND YOUR FATHER / A FAMOUS BLUES (Ricochet Editions, 2014) and NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL (Fence Books, 2011). She founded and runs Afrosonics, an archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics and Mythscience a publishing imprint that reissues and reprints work from the archive. She worked on the SOS, the selected poems of Amiri Baraka, transcribing all of his poetry recorded with jazz that had yet to be released in print and exists primarily on out-of-print records and she is now editing a collection of his plays. Harmony studied Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and taught for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a NYFA fellowship. She is currently completing a book of poems called M a … f a and an accompanying collection of essays and memoir, Love is War for Miles, both to be released this fall, as well as a biography of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. Her work is deeply rooted by Black music, and collective improvisation with Black people, in the tradition of her father who was a Northern Soul singer and songwriter and introduced her to artists he worked with like Ray Charles, The Staples Singers, and Bobby Womack.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA