Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. 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"A visionary, a medium, a storyteller possessed of extraordinary perlocutionary powers, capable of locating and seizing upon a listener's every exposed nerve ending, Tracie Morris is a word magician who can make virtually every utterance into music and manifesto. Face it, all of her manifestos are love tones, for this is how she speaks, what she stands for, what she embodies whether on a stage or in a classroom or a cypher or chatting on the subway. Everyday speech and the poem are collapsed, along with the unconscious, dreams of freedom, the will to exist. WHO DO WITH WORDS simply gives us an even more powerful map to the sunlit, non-binding and non-binary world Blerds have been seeking for centuries."—Robin D.G. Kelley
Tracie Morris is writer/editor of several books and is a poet, professor, performer, voice teacher and theorist. She has presented her work extensively throughout the world. Morris holds an MFA in poetry from CUNY Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and studied British Acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dr. Morris was designated an Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist and served as the Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Fellow at Harvard University. She was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry at The Iowa Writers Workshop for three semesters before joining the faculty as Professor in Fall 2020.