Poet, sound artist, and scholar, Duriel E. Harris is author of three print poetry collections including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (2017), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. Current undertakings include the solo performance project Thingification, which has been featured at the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Wild Project (NYC), and Babylon Cinema (Berlin). Recent writing is featured with Harriet Blog (The Poetry Foundation), the Academy of American Poets, and Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING (Kore Press 2018). The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.
The Local Paired Reader for this evening, Nero is a painter and poet from Dallas, TX. Their works have been featured in Let It Bleed Magazine and Not Dead Yet: An Anthology of Survivor Poetry. Ever the introverted extrovert, Nero can sometimes be caught committing poetry with Poets on X+ and Mad Swirl, delivering words that used to live in boxes under beds. A book of paints and poetry published by Free Tongue Press will surely be born by winter.
The event is hosted RonAmber Deloney.