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  Nancy Harris Mingo Glass Tom HenryNANCY HARRIS
Spoken Word Poet/Performer

Since 1975, producer, writer, director and performer Nancy Harris has worked at the heart of contemporary arts in America. From creating the 1980 Academy Award-considered short film, Duke; to designing the 1987 hit benefit concert, The 1st Evening in June (starring Bette Midler, Robert Townsend, Manhattan Transfer and Barry Manilow); to co-starring in Anthony Quinn’s television series, The Man And the City; Ms. Harris has made a splash with every new venture.

As a spoken word poet and performer, Harris produced her third concert, “Last Chance,” at artist Andre Miripolsky’s studio in 1994. The concert married visual arts with spoken word, music and dance by leading contemporary artists including Chris Marchan, Andre Miripolsky, Damaru, Jonathan Norton, Ray McNamara, and Fred Strickler.

After three decades in LA, Harris returned to her native Tulsa in 1994 and formed the performance group JipsiJam with Tom Henry and Sherri Booth. She and Ed Robinson produced the album, “The Other End of the Road,” featuring their own work along with Booth & Henry. Simultaneously, she released her book of poetry entitled, The Other End of the Road, which was celebrated in 1996 by her fourth live concert featuring acclaimed Los Angeles spoken word and musical artists. Ms. Harris was honored at the first annual LA SPOKEN as one of the “machers and shakers” of the LA Poetry/Spoken Word Renaissance. In 1999, she represented the city of Tulsa at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago and founded Spoken Word of Tulsa (SWOT).

Harris’ second CD, “SMOKE,” combines original Native American music by Mingo Glass with spoken word that celebrates Harris’ own Native American roots. In the spring of 2000, Harris and renowned poet/performer Deborah Edler Brown produced and performed the two-woman show, “Smoke & Peppers,” which toured Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. In 2001, Harris was the first spoken word artist to be nominated by Tulsa World for their SPOT Music Award, and in the fall of the same year, she established WORD, a youth poetry/spoken word competition for Metro Tulsa. Reunited with Glass and Henry under the auspices of SMOKE, Harris is currently in the studio recording new material, launching a multi-city performance tour, building educational residencies and collaborating on new arts projects.

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