Jerry Quickley

Jerry Quickley


"Quickley’s new album, (american) Fool, is...a bewildering and engrossing record, produced entirely by the legendary LA rapper and beatmaker, Busdriver. Its focus shifts and shimmies around Quickley’s lucid poems and Busdriver’s emissive beats, but Quickley’s lyrical focus—he tells stories rather than grasping at amorphous concepts—keeps it centered." Noisey

One of the most well-known and well-regarded performance poets in the United States, Jerry was brought to London to perform for the Royal National Theatre Company, and has received multiple commissions from the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Jerry was also the recipient of the prestigious $600k Irvine Foundation Creators Grant, awarded to him for his groundbreaking theater project, Through The Looking Glass, which he developed while teaching at Stanford University. Philip Glass commissioned Jerry as Librettist for a triptych of operatic melodramas they are writing together about the modern human condition.

The first project, WHISTLEBLOWER, examines our changing relationship with privacy through the lens of Edward Snowden and his exile. The show had its European Premiere at the Amsterdam Dance Event in the fall of 2016. The second project, currently being written, examines our changing relationship with water. In addition to his work as commissioned librettist with Philip Glass, Jerry has taught, done residencies and fellowships at several institutions including: Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, The Public Theater: NYC, The Museums of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Helsinki, The Field Museum, The Warhol Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Theater De Klange: Dusseldorf, Kiasma National Theater: Helsinki, and the PICA Time Based Art Festival in Portland. Jerry was also a Stanford University Visiting Fellow. Jerry is frequently asked to contribute to a variety of books and publications, including Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop, and the Voice of a New Generation (Source Books), and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation (Perceval Press) and several other published works.

Jerry served as a foreign correspondent for Pacifica Radio Networks and his work formed the basis for the documentary Beats for Baghdad. While on assignment he also took hundreds of photos that are emotionally arresting for their unflinching portrayal of War, The Occupation, and Life in Iraq in the wake of the U.S. invasion. Jerry returned to Pacifica Radio in 2017 to launch an afternoon drive time talk show covering Politics, and Arts & Culture. The terrestrial based FM radio show is called THIS IS HAPPENING, and it airs Monday thru Friday on KPFK in Los Angeles, other Pacifica Affiliates, and posts to Soundcloud. Jerry is a proud SAG-AFTRA union man.

Jerry has collaborated or performed with a diverse range of artists including: Lori Anderson, Jaron Lanier, Tim Fain, Tom Morello, Philip Glass, BusDriver, Serj Tankian, Lavinia Meijer, Foday Musa Suso, SenDog, Dwight Tribble, Chuck D, The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and many more. Sony released Jerry’s most recent feature Vampire Wars last July. Jerry wrote and produced the film, which stars Matthew Marsden and John Savage. Jerry harvests his own protein through hunting and fishing. Jerry was born and raised in NYC and attained his first pilot certificate before he knew how to drive. Jerry holds several advanced flight ratings and has plans to steal a luxurious airplane to survive the coming zombie apocalypse.

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