Alysia Harris

Alysia Harris

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Biography

Alysia Harris is a wordsmith. Currently a graduate student at Yale University pursuing a PhD in linguistics , she busies herself theorizing about the internal workings of the grandfather clock we call the English language. Though she may approach the use of language from an analytical perspective as linguist, as a poet she does her best utilize language as a creative probe to explore the emotional, spiritual, and social realms of the human experience. Alysia is a two-time national spoken word champion, being a member of the winning BNV 2007 and CUPSI 2007 teams. She also appeared on the HBO Documentary Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices in 2009. She has performed with the likes of Saul Williams, Buddy Wakefield, Carlos Andres Gomez, Anis Mojgani, Rita Dove, and Elizabeth Alexander.

Alysia is most passionate about God, love, and poetry. Her biggest loves in life are spontaneous group dance sessions, Hemingway, and clean endings. When not studying or writing, Alysia can be found dancing, Facebook stalking, crying over heartbreak, talking about theology and eating CLIF bars. She hopes in the future, after obtaining her PhD in linguistics, to get an MFA in creative writing and move to the Middle East to start a number creative writing programs in the region.