Melanie Maria Goodreaux is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and director-dramatist from New Orleans, Louisiana, living, writing, and creating in New York City. Her work is lyrical, stylistic, unconventional, and many times blends genres for dramatic effect. Pop elements embrace the sensuous, sad, and surreal, while her work addresses the complexities of race and explores the female condition. Southern spiritualism and sex-positive themes find their place together in her experiments with language.
Her work has been published in WSQ Magazine-The Feminist Press, The Dream Closet, A Gathering of the Tribes #13, and Word. Melanie Maria adapted the lines of thousands of New York City children into the book called A Poem As Big As New York City. Her plays Saydee and Deelores, Walter, Bullets, and Binoculars, Mo’Batz’ Ride, Con Trole’s Predicament, SWAP, Katrina Who?!, Sometimes It’s Very Much About Ownership, and Enough Vo5 for the Universe, have been featured at Chelsea Playhouse, the House of Tribes Theater, the Abingdon Theater, Studio Players Theater, the Linhart Theater, the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, the Nuyorican Poets Café, HOWL Fest, the New York Theater Festival, the Hudson Guild Theater, and Theater for the New City. She has recently released a book of poetry and photographs in collaboration with photographer Nikki Johnson, called "Black Jelly," published by A Gathering of the Tribes/Fly By Night Press
She teaches creative writing and drama in New York City while living in Harlem with her Afro-futurist husband, the illustrator Tim Fielder.
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.