Cherise Morris on the Truthout article, "To Build an Abolitionist Future, We Must Look to Indigenous Pasts: Worlds without police and without prisons have already existed, predating colonization and slavery."
Cherise Morris is an award-winning writer, multidisciplinary artist, ritualist and spiritual worker born and raised in rural Virginia. Her multidisciplinary performance work and writing has been supported by a host of regional and national organizations, including Red Bull Arts, Allied Media Projects, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit among others and has received funding from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Poets & Writers, and PEN America.
Merging experimental writing, poetry and prayer with performance, movement, sound and ritual practices, Morris’ work creates transformative spaces that invite communities to explore, imagine and continue the infinite work of individual healing and collective transformation. Her writing has previously appeared in The Iowa Review, Longreads, Black Warrior Review and elsewhere. Her essays have twice been recognized as notable works of literary nonfiction in The Best American Essays Series 2018 and 2019 and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a 2019 Kresge Fellow. Morris is currently at work on her debut manuscript and ongoing series of ritual-performances.