Denver poet and performer Gregory Harris, a 1975 graduate of IUP who performs under his middle name, Seth, had a poetic memoir spanning 30 years of his work published by Mercury HeartLink.
A Black Odyssey is a diverse, vibrant collection of poetry modeled after Homer’s The Odyssey, using it as an allegorical scaffolding for the poet’s own experience as a black man in contemporary America. The language runs the gamut from the vernacular to the Elizabethan; everything from pattern poems, free verse, prose poems, and sonnets to parodies of Mother Goose leading the reader through an epic journey of human trials—poverty, desire, injustice, racism—and ultimately to personal triumph and transcendent awareness.
An award-winning artist, Seth has been performing poetry for more than 25 years. In 1991, he help found Open Rangers, an ensemble of poets, actors, musicians, dancers, and other performance artists dedicated to rendering poetry for general audiences. From 1993 to 2004, he was a member of the critically acclaimed performance arts trio, Jafrika. He currently performs regularly with Art Compost & the Word Mechanics.
While attending IUP, he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Penn, in 1973-74.
Find more information on Gregory “Seth” Harris’s website.