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Meet Dave Harris

Tell us a bit about your background: I am a poet and playwright from West Philadelphia. My plays include:  “Everybody Black” (World Premiere: Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and Mark Twain Playwriting Award), ”Exception to the Rule” (World Premiere: Roundabout Underground 2020), ”White History” (Manhattan Theater Club Reading Series, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, semi-finalist The Relentless Award), “Incendiary”  (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center M.F.A. Workshop, PlayPenn 2019), ”Tambo & Bones” (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm, finalist National Playwrights Conference), and ”Watch Me” (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep) amongst others. I graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies and currently live in San Diego, California where I am a second-year playwright master’s student at UC San Diego. 

What are you studying/working on currently? I am a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and a 2018 Venturous Fellow at The Lark. My first full-length collection of poetry, “Patricide,” was published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. My poetry and essays have been featured at Huffington Post, Upworthy, Button Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, BOAAT Press, Rattle, Winter Tangerine, and The Adroit Journal. My poem "Turbulence" won the 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize. I've competed and performed spoken word across the country, and am the 2015 Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion, the 2017 Pittsburgh Grand Slam Champion, and the2014 Denver 40 Oz. Slam champion. I participate in poetry readings and performances nationally every year.

Have you received any fellowships? I have received fellowships and commissions from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Yale University, UC San Diego, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op and The American Playwriting Foundation.

Describe your involvement at UC San Diego: I teach “Introduction to Playwriting and Intermediate Playwriting” at UC San Diego. My plays “Everybody Black” and “Tambo & Bones” have been seen onstage at UC San Diego. When not doing any of the above, you can find me blues dancing at venues throughout San Diego or eating tacos at Puesto.