Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly.
His plays include: EVERYBODY BLACK (Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and Mark Twain Playwriting Award), WHITE HISTORY (Manhattan Theater Club Reading Series, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, finalist O'Neill, semi-finalist The Relentless Award) INCENDIARY (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop, PlayPenn 2019), EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (Roundabout Underground Reading Series, finalist O'Neill), TAMBO & BONES (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm, finalist O'Neill), WATCH ME (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep) amongst others. He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, and a 2018 Venturous Fellow at The Lark. His first full-length collection of poetry, PATRICIDE, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry.
His poetry and essays have been featured at Huffington Post, Upworthy, Button Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly (nominated "Best of the Net"), BOAAT Press, Rattle, Winter Tangerine, FreezeRay, The Adroit Journal, Black Napkin, and Blueshift Journal amongst others. His poem "Turbulence" won the 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize. Dave has competed and performed spoken word across the country, and is the 2015 Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion, the 2017 Pittsburgh Grand Slam Champion, 2014 Denver 40 Oz. Slam champion. He does poetry readings and performances nationally every year.
He has 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.
Dave graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Theater Studies and currently lives in San Diego, California where he is a second year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.
"His challenging and formally unique pieces mark the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a long life in the American theatre."
Kate Bergstrom, Santa Barbara Independent
"[His work] is fearless in its scope and means. Its agenda is nothing less than to survey and critique the vexed history of race in America from the era of slavery to the present, post-millennial moment. And to do that it sets up a ribald, revelatory clash of generations that is informed by tropes and language drawn from minstrelsy and hip-hop, advertising, academe and politics."
Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly