Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph. D from the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch(Letter Machine Editions, 2016) and a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society. In 2014, Moten’s The Feel Trio was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was winner of the California Book Award; and in 2016 his The Little Edges was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
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.
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