“I don’t think you’ll find a better writer than Bill, and I know hundreds and hundreds. Bill is committed, he’s right at the top. – Woodie King, Jr., African American theater arts pioneer, founder and producing director of the New Federal Theatre, New York City.
“Detroit has produced a distinguished roster of men and women of letters. One of those is Bill Harris. His poetic lines show us the difference between the prefab writer and the master carpenter. The Black Experience that Harris writes about has been systematized and overly manufactured by movies and television—it’s refreshing to get a dose of the real thing from time to time,”— Ishmael Reed, Distinguished Professor at California College of the Arts and author of Mumbo Jumbo and Conjure.
"Bill Harris' life story, his artistic work, and his ongoing community involvement have revolved around and deeply enriched the region.Through his writings, he has touched us and the nation at large," —Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation.
Bill Harris hard at work at the Detroit Artists Workshop (1965). Photo by Leni Sinclair.
“Bill Harris is a magic-maker and a man of letters in the truest sense. He has been a modest yet compelling force in Detroit’s – and the nation’s – literary community for decades, producing highly esteemed works of literature, hybrid forms of poetry, plays, novels, essays and criticism,’’ —Michelle Perron, Founding Director, Kresge Arts in Detroit.
“Through a virtuosic mastery of various literary genres, poet, playwright, and critic Bill Harris gives us an incisive, witty, and elegant account of the complex dimensions and often deeply disturbing realities informing the contentious American discourse(s) on racial mythology, cultural identity, and political history,’’– Kofi Natambu, author of The Melody Never Stops, What Is an Aesthetic? Writings on American Culture, and Malcolm X: His Life & Work.