Above all else, I'm the proud, devoted father of Hannah and Christopher, for whom my love has no bounds and who remain the inspiration for my writings, activism, volunteerism, and other efforts.
Hannah and I are excited to have teamed up to publish #snapshot, our highly anticipated collection of YA poetry. Covering such topics as bullying, young love, the school-to-prison pipeline, and police brutality, the poems in #snapshot paint an unflinching, unapologetic picture of America's modern day youth.
I'm a bestselling, award-winning, critically acclaimed poet, author, playwright, filmmaker, volunteer, philanthropist, and activist. I've long been hailed for my insightful, timely, and often poignantly humorous body of poetry, prose, and commentary.
My writings have been featured in Ebony, Essence, and Rhapsody Magazines, as well as in numerous print journals and ezines. I've been praised for my skill at combining traditional poetic elements with a modern improvisational style to highlight issues of cultural, political, and societal importance.
An impassioned advocate for arts education, I've presented poetry workshops at numerous elementary, middle, and high schools. I also regularly visit college campuses and presents guest lectures on the topics of literature and publishing in the modern era.
In 2016, I partnered with the Durham Public Library system to launch a series of workshops for aspiring authors, poets, and publishers, offering detailed information on such topics as creative writing, the publication process, connecting with literary agents, and effective book marketing techniques.
I've served as a community volunteer for years, having been actively involved with mentorship organizations, tutoring programs, and homeless shelters, such as the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Launching in 2018, 314 is a new multimedia company specializing in feature-length and short films, documentaries, and other productions. The goal of 314 is to highlight areas of social, political, and cultural concern, helping amplify voices typically overlooked by other media outlets.
More info coming soon.
The Marcus Harris Foundation (MHF) offers a variety of programs and services to assist those in underserved areas, including scholarships, grants, and general community support. Bolstered by strategic community and corporate partnerships, the MHF is a natural reflection of my ongoing desire to help those in greatest need.
I've been a tireless advocate for domestic violence (DV) survivors and their families for years, so one of the signature programs of the Marcus Harris Foundation is the annual Christmas Smiles Drive. Originally launched in 2016, through the drive I've partnered with the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC), the leading provider of support for DV victims and survivors in Durham, to collect toys, books, and other gifts for children residing in the emergency DV shelter at the DCRC on Christmas morning. To date, the drive has collected and distributed dozens of gifts, and I look forward to expanding its reach both statewide and nationwide in the years to come.