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Tracie Morris
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Tracie Morris holds an MFA (Poetry, Hunter College, CUNY) and a PhD (Performance Studies, NYU). She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Dr. Morris was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before joining the Workshop as its first African American tenured professor of poetry. Tracie has presented innovative poetry, performance art, and theory in over thirty countries and is the author/editor of ten books (three forthcoming in 2022–23). University creative fellowships include the Woodberry Poetry Room (Creative Fellow, Harvard University), Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (Writing Fellow, University of Pennsylvania). She is a 2021 Guggenheim Poetry Fellow. Tracie is a Cave Canem alumna and former board member and designated a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Residencies include Millay, Yaddo, and MacDowell colonies. Her installations and performances have been presented by the Whitney Biennial, Dia:Chelsea, The New Museum, The Kitchen Performance Space, Albertine, Furious Flower, Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, among others. Her debut short film, Black Spring, was commissioned by the Obermann Center and the department of cinematic arts of the University of Iowa.