Poet. Author. Performer.


Duriel E. Harris is co-founder of Call & Response—a dynamic project involving Black women & performance—and the avant-garde poetry/performance trio the Black Took Collective (BTC), Duriel E. Harris is author of three poetry collections including the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize winning volume No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Spring 2017).

A MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow, Harris has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Recent appearances include performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival (with Douglas Ewart & Inventions creative music ensemble), The Foundry Theater (Antioch College), Links Hall (Chicago), Dixon Place (NYC), and the Wild Project (NYC).

Current undertakings include the conceptual work “Blood Labyrinth” and the solo performance project :Thingification:. Selections from Thingification have been featured at the Fresh Fruit Festival, the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Ghana-Legon, Kwara State University (Nigeria), the Corner Playhouse (U Missouri), and Babylon Cinema (Berlin).

Harris is Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and is an associate professor of English in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Illinois State University.