Idris Goodwin

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Website: 
idrisgoodwin.blogspot.com

Author's Bio

Idris Goodwin is an award winning playwright, essayist, and spoken word artist. His play How We Got On, developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2012 Humana Festival. Nominated for an ATCA Steinberg New Play Award and published by Playscripts, How We Got On is being remounted across the country. Goodwin was back at Humana Festival this year as co-writer of Remix 38. Upcoming productions include: This is Modern Art at Steppenwolf Theater and And in this corner…Cassius Clay at StageOne. He holds writing commissions from B Street Theater and InterAct (as recipient of their annual 20/20 Award). Goodwin has been a writer in residence at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Program, The Kennedy Center and New Harmony Project. Goodwin is a Core Writer with The Playwrights' Center and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild. An accomplished poet and essayist, his book These Are The Breaks was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He's performed on HBO, Discovery Channel, and Sesame Street. Goodwin teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Publications and Prizes

Book

These Are the Breaks
(Write Bloody Publishing,
2011)

Anthology

Spoken Word Revolution Redux
(Sourcebooks,
2007)
A Storm Between Fingers: Malika's Kitchen
(Flipped eye,
2007)
Humana Festival 2012: the complete plays - How We Got On
(Playscripts, Inc,
2013)

Journal

xcp: Cultural Poetics
Rattle
Lunarosity
MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine
Blood Lotus
Diagram
A View From the Loft
Muzzle

Spoken Word Performance

HBO Def Poetry, Season Six
2007)
Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series, Pillsbury House Theater - Minneapolis, MN
2008)
Traffic Series, Steppenwolf Theater - Chicago, IL
2008)
High Mayhem Emerging Arts Festival, Warehouse 21 - Sante Fe, NM
2008)
Millenium Park - Chicago, IL
2007)
Washington Jefferson College - Washington, PA
2008)
Just Bust!, University of Wisconsin - Madison
2008)
Lip Reading Series, Poetry Center - Chicago, IL
2006)
Wilmette Theater
2009)
Outpost Performance Space
2009)
Prizes: 
Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant, Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Fest, 2008 Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award for excellence in teaching, 2008 Orgie Theatre Award For Innovative Chicago Theater, 2008 Illinois Arts Council Ethnic Folk Arts Award, 2007 National Showcase of New Plays (“Braising”), Stanford University, 2005 National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Playwriting Residency Grant, 2004-2005

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL

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Listing last updated: May 23, 2014.