Woodward, Okla. — NANCY HARRIS was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 8, 1939. Following a lengthy series of health problems, Nancy died at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Friday, June 13th, at the age of 75. A memorial service for Nancy will be held at the Arnett Senior Center on Monday, June 30th at 2 p.m. Rev. Mary Davis, from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Woodward, will be leading the service in Arnett. Friends are encouraged to attend and share their memories of Nancy. A reception will follow the memorial service
Beginning in 1975, Nancy Harris was a producer, writer, director, and performer of the contemporary arts in America. From creating the 1980 Academy Award-considered short film, DUKE, to producing/writing the 1987 hit benefit concert, The First Evening in June (starring Bette Midler, Robert Townsend, Manhattan Transfer, and Barry Manilow), to co-starring in Anthony Quinn’s television series, The Man and the City, Ms. Harris was said to “make a splash” with every new venture. Nancy even produced shows for Sir Elton John while living in California.
After three decades in Los Angeles, Nancy returned to her native Tulsa, in 1994, to produce the album, The Other End of the Road with Ed Robinson. At the same time she published a book of poetry from that album. Nancy and her work were honored at the first annual L.A. SPOKEN WORD festival in 1996 at the Los Angeles Poetry/Spoken Word Renaissance.
In 1999, Harris represented the city of Tulsa at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago and helped found Spoken Word of Tulsa (SWOT) of which she was chairman from 1999 to 2003. In 2001, she was the first spoken word artist to be nominated by Tulsa World for the newspaper’s annual SPOT Music Award, and in the fall of the same year, she established WORD, a youth poetry/spoken word competition for Metro Tulsa.