The Miller Aud-cast | August 26, 2021

Hello everybody, we’re back with the 27th episode of the Miller Aud-cast. It’s an honor today to present the latest finalist in the Poetry category for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize, “introDICTION,” from Angela Kariotis.

Angela Kariotis is a creative, a thought leader, and a divergent thinker. Her varied experience makes her unique and nimble. She is an advocate, educator, artist, and a project director.

Angela is a future aesthetics performance artist writing about race, ethnicity, and class in America. Called “a lithe and vital writer-performer” by The Star-Ledger, Angela Kariotis “possesses the raw energy to light up a small city” heralds The Chicago Reader. “But it’s her sly and engaging use of language that makes her work memorable in dynamic performances that are serious and seriously funny” writes the Austin Chronicle.

As a presented and commissioned artist, Angela has brought her unique performance style across America and beyond to venues such as The University of California-Los Angeles, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, Legion Arts in Iowa, the Off-Center in Austin, TX, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival in New York City. With its deft balance of narrative, critique, and movement, as well as Angela’s visceral and fluid performance, her work has connected with audiences across the U.S. “A one-woman artistic showcase in her trail-blazing storytelling.” –Los Angeles City Beat.

Winner of a NJSCA Playwriting Fellowship and National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, Angela couples her masterful performances with cutting-edge residency work. A master teaching artist for 20 years, Kariotis is committed to literacy through the arts, theater for social justice, and art-making as a liberatory practice. For her classroom teaching, Kariotis integrates contemplative learning, and restorative circles into her pedagogy. Her work is hyper focused on classroom inclusivity and active learning. Kariotis facilitates strategies to create an equitable classroom and to support co-intentional teaching with an empowered and diverse student cohort.

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Stay tuned after this ear-bending, mind-delicious piece to hear contest editor Bailey Boyd and I have a brief, admiring conversation about it.

Stay tuned for Miller Aud-cast #28, coming soon. Thanks also to the Missouri Review contest editor, Bailey Boyd, and to Patricia Miller, for her generous support for the Miller Audio Prize. Finally, TMR is open for submissions year-round, and we remain dedicated to discovering and publishing the best contemporary writing in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Be heard. Give us the opportunity to discover you: subscribe or submit your work today! Learn more at