Above all else, I'm proud to be Hannah and Chris's daddy. My love for my kids has no bounds, and they remain the inspiration for my writings, activism, volunteerism, and other efforts
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 present 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 2019, 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 hundreds of gifts, and I look forward to expanding its reach both statewide and nationwide in the years to come.
Another MHF program I'm thrilled to have launched is Kutz for Kids, through which we give out free haircuts year-round to children from underserved families. Various studies have shown that having a healthy self-image is a key building block for positive self-esteem in children, which makes it more likely for them to succeed personally and professionally. Through Kutz for Kids, we strive to boost both the physical appearance and self-confidence of kids throughout the community, at no expense to their families - which is a win-win for everyone.