Sep 19, 2017 • 7:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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L to R: Sarita Daftary, Tracie Morris, and Jerome Harris


The history and changing landscape of East New York inspires many intimate and impactful stories.

Led by community organizer and oral historian Sarita Daftary, who will share her audio recordings, and with poetry from experimental poet/performer Tracie Morris, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, as well as acclaimed guitarist/bass guitarist Jerome Harris. This conversation will explore topics like redlining, policy making, and the myths of East New York.

About Sarita Daftary has extensive experience in community organizing and community development work in Brooklyn. She worked for 10 years with the East New York Farms! Project, a program of United Community Centers, and has also worked as the Director of the Green Light District at El Puente, and with the Brooklyn Arts Council's Creative Coalitions. She now works as a Community Organizer with JustLeadershipUSA.  Sarita attended the intensive Oral History Summer School in Hudson, NY is 2013, and began interviews for the East New York Oral History Project in 2014. Sarita graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in sociology and government, and is also a graduate of the Leadership New York Fellowship, organized by Coro New York and the Leadership Caucus of the Community Resource Exchange.

About Tracie Morris is a poet, performer, vocalist, page-based writer, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor, vocal coach, Professor, and is the Coordinator of the Performance and Performance Studies MFA program at Pratt Institute. Her sound installations have been presented at numerous institutions, such as the Drawing Center, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument presented by Dia Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Museum of Modern Art, The Silent Barn, The Whitney Museum, and The Whitney Biennial. Morris is the recipient of awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including NYFA, Asian Cultural Council, Franklin Furnace, and Creative Capital fellowships as well as residencies at Millay, Yaddo, and MacDowell colonies. Tracie’s work has been extensively anthologized and recorded. Her books include: handholding: 5 kinds, (Kore Press 2016), the forthcoming Best American Experimental Writing (co-edited with Charles Bernstein, Wesleyan University Press, 2016), Rhyme Scheme (Zasterle Press, 2012), Intermission (Soft Skull Press, 1998). She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and has studied American acting technique at Michael Howard Studios and classical British acting techniques at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Acclaimed guitarist/bass guitarist Jerome Harris has recorded and/or toured with Sonny Rollins, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Marty Ehrlich, and Julius Hemphill, among many others.  Harris was raised in East New York, Brooklyn, where he experienced a wide range of traditional and popular American music genres, including blues, folk and gospel. After majoring in psychology and social relations at Harvard University, Harris earned a degree in jazz guitar at New England Conservatory of Music. Jerome Harris's recordings as leader include Rendezvous (Stereophile) and Hidden In Plain View (New World). His essay "Jazz on the Global Stage," published in The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective (Ingrid Monson, editor; Garland, 2000), explores the history, present state, and future implications of the spread of jazz to locales far from its African American birthplace.

BRIC’s Stoop Series welcomes you in for dynamic conversations that connect art, performance, media and other creative fields with big ideas that are important to Brooklynites. The Stoop Series highlights voices we don’t hear enough, creative solutions that deserve more attention, artistic endeavors that make you see the world differently and tools for enhancing your own creativity. Join us on the Stoop -- there’s something different every week!

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Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.