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About the Performer: Tai Allen is a poet, performer, vocalist, musician, producer and designer. He has toured domestically and internationally. He has been published in magazines such as Bomb and African Voices. Tai's work has been featured on sites such as Okayplayer, CentricTV/BET, Soultracks, and Colorlines. He has performed (or headlined) at the Apollo Theater's Music Café, National Black Writers Conference (Brooklyn), Restoration Rocks (Brooklyn), American Jazz Museum (KC), Art of Cool Festival (Durham), The Nuyorican Poets Café (NYC), CrimeJazz (Rotterdam), Blue Note (NYC), Charles Wright Museum (Detroit), The Nash (Phoenix) et al.
He has also coordinated and curated a number of concerts, exhibits, conferences, and festivals. A unique and refreshing artist, Tai has established a reputation as a visionary with impeccable work ethic.
Tai Allen loves basketball. Sterling Brown. Oscar Brown. Roy Ayers. King Tubby. Kevin McHale. Aretha Franklin. Things Fall Apart (both the book and Roots' LP). Kids. Renaldo. Jeter. 2001 Yankees. 2001 Nets. 2012 Giants. Chef Curry. Gelato not ice cream. Jerk Chicken, made on a drum. Oscar Wilde. Brad Pitt. Octavia Butler. Rakim. Jigga not Shawn Carter. Roti… Veggie and Chicken. Poetry. (Sometimes) Parenting. Blogs on technology or sports or politics. Sitting in the sun, somewhere near a body of water.
Tracie Morris has performed, researched and presented sound-based work in 30 countries. She is the author/editor of 7 books and is a professor, singer and certified voice coach. Her sound poetry has been featured at numerous venues including the Whitney Biennial, The Kitchen Performance Space and The Museum of Modern Art. Morris is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, Franklin Furnace and Creative Capital fellowships as well as residencies at Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. She is a former fellow of Cave Canem and of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and the new WPR Fellow at Harvard University. Tracie is currently one of the 2018 Master Artists in Residence for the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Dr. Morris holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, CUNY, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and has studied classical British acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.