Idris Goodwin, Playwright & Musician
My friend Idris is an educator and artist who received his BFA from Columbia College and his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, Idris was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts grant to finish work on two productions: Shut Mouth Karaoke, which includes facilitated writing from college students based on song lyrics, and Pluto: An Opera, which was an official entry in the PAC/Edge Festival. Idris was on HBO Def Poetry in February where he recited his poem, "What is They Feedin Our Kids" in which he jokes and challenges nutrition's racialized and classed elements.
Check out a sample (my favorite of his rhymes, "Ebonix") from Idris's latest CD: