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, and the author of five collections of poetry. She curates an archive of griot poetics and a related performance series at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. She has received the Motherwell Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a research fellowship from Harvard University's Woodberry Poetry Room. She lives in Los Angeles.