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Poet Duriel Harris to be featured at ECC Writers Center

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  • Poet, performer, and scholar Duriel E. Harris

    Poet, performer, and scholar Duriel E. Harris
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Submitted by Elgin Community College

Poet, performer, and scholar Duriel E. Harris is the next guest of Elgin Community College's 2012-2013 Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Nov. 15. The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the ECC Arts Center, Building H, Room H142, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Heralded as one of three poets for the 21st century by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Harris is the author of two print poetry collections: "Drag" (Elixir Press) and "Amnesiac: Poems" (Sheep Meadow Press), and "Black Magic," a forthcoming sound poetry/performance compilation from Asian Improv Records in 2013.

Harris holds degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Chicago Program for Writers. She has been awarded grants from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and postdoctoral residencies at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Harris' work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies including A Best of Fence, African American Review, Drunken Boat, Encyclopedia, Gathering Ground, Mandorla, Ploughshares, Praxis, Shampoo and Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics. Harris is an associate professor of English and teaches creative writing and poetics at Illinois State University.

A pre-reading dinner with Harris will be held at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Rachael Tecza at or (847) 214-7578. Copies of Harris' work also will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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