Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Art. Performance Studies. "In WHO DO WITH WORDS, poet, performer and critic Tracie Morris joyfully and instructively blerds out in her love letter to and lecture on Black speech acts. Riff-reading as philosophizing, she dialogues with J. L. Austin, Samuel R. Delany, and many others, dropping serious science in the process. A pocket-sized delight, and she keeps it tight!"—John Keene
"With hip talk and logic, Morris lays some shine on the be in our being as Black folk, writes us a love song for our lingo and a manifesto for making it plain. She asks all of us to flip the script with finesse, to hold the bullshit of public discourse to a flame and make art from the funky embers. Finally, a philosophy we can get down to. Like a quilt full of codes to crack and spill. Like a cowrie on the divination board of Black genius."—Yolanda Wisher
Y'all know her, or them.
We've been there done that.
What J. L. Austin try n think about
What Jacques Derrida try n think more about
Tracie Morris just got it down—listen up yo this is it.
Enof said, but ain;t it true, 'natural' language don't do neutral especially when it says it is.
Taste this TM signature cocktail of 'Ebonic colloquialism' & rhapsodic perspicuity, n see how her spirited speech counteracts the Ivory colonialism of 'RP' to a stunning effect, blerdy cool."—Prof. Kyoo Lee
Tracie Morris is a poet, singer, critic, scholar, bandleader and actor. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, American acting technique at Michael Howard Studios, is an alum of Cave Canem's prestigious summer residency as well as residencies at MacDowell, Millay and Yaddo. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Her work has been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ron Feldman Gallery, The New Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Dia: Chelsea and dozens of musical recording projects. Her books include Intermission, RHYME SCHEME (Zasterle Press, 2012) HANDHOLDING: 5 KINDS (Kore Press, 2016), and WHO DO WITH WORDS (Chax Press, 2018) and is co-editor of Best American Experimental Writing (2016) with Charles Bernstein. She's researched and presented her work in 30 countries on 6 continents and is a Brooklynite.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA