Idris Goodwin

Author's Bio

IDRIS GOODWIN is a playwright, rapper and essayist. His plays include HOW WE GOT ON, REMIX 38 (Actors Theater of Louisville); AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY(StageOne Family Theater), THIS IS MODERN ART co written with Kevin Coval (Steppenwolf Theatre), BLACK FLAG (Summer Shorts/ 59E59Theatre), BLACKADEMICS (MPAACT, Crowded Fire), BARS AND MEASURES ( B Street Theatre, NNPN RWP), THE RAID (Jackalope Theatre) and The REALNESS: a break beat play (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Goodwin is one of the six playwrights featured in HANDS UP an anthology commissioned by The New Black Fest. HANDS UP is being presented in theatres and universities across the country. He is the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare’s American History Cycle Commission, InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Award and a finalist for the Lanford Wilson Award. Goodwin has been a writer in residence at The Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Center, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. An accomplished spoken word performer and break beat poet, his albums include BREAK BEAT POEMS and RHYMING WHILE BLACK. Goodwin was featured on HBO, Sesame Street and Discovery Channel. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection THESE ARE THE BREAKS (Write Bloody, 2011) and his work is anthologized widely. Idris is the co host and contributor to CRITICAL KARAOKE, a radio show and podcast about music and culture. Idris teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Publications and Prizes

These Are the Breaks
(Write Bloody Publishing, 2011)
A Storm Between Fingers: Malika's Kitchen
(Flipped eye, 2007)
, Humana Festival 2012: the complete plays - How We Got On
(Playscripts, Inc, 2013)
, Spoken Word Revolution Redux
(Sourcebooks, 2007)
A View From the Loft, Ariel, Blood Lotus, Diagram, Lunarosity, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Muzzle, Rattle, xcp: Cultural Poetics
HBO Def Poetry, Season Six
, High Mayhem Emerging Arts Festival, Warehouse 21 - Sante Fe, NM
, Just Bust!, University of Wisconsin - Madison
, Lip Reading Series, Poetry Center - Chicago, IL
, Millenium Park - Chicago, IL
, Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series, Pillsbury House Theater - Minneapolis, MN
, Outpost Performance Space
, Traffic Series, Steppenwolf Theater - Chicago, IL
, Washington Jefferson College - Washington, PA
, Wilmette Theater
Prizes Won: 
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

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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African American
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Chicago, IL
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Last updated: Jun 30, 2016