Pew Fellow Afaa Michael Weaver Receives the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Afaa Michael Weaver. Photo by Lynda Kodish.

Afaa Michael Weaver (Pew Fellow, 1998) has received the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is one of the most prestigious and substantial in the poetry community and has been awarded annually for over two decades. An awards ceremony will be held at Claremont Graduate University, which oversees the award, on April 10.

Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times spoke with Chase Twichell, the prize’s chief judge, who said: “‘The Kingsley Tufts Award is one of the most prestigious prizes a poet can win, and I’m delighted to see it go to Afaa. He essentially invented himself from whole cloth as a poet. It’s truly remarkable.’”

The award caps off a string of recent successes for Weaver, who also received his second Pushcart Prize last year for his poem, “Blues in Five/Four, the Violence in Chicago.”

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Grants & Grantees

In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) announced today its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. Marking the Center’s 10th year of grantmaking, a total of more than $9.6 million will provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 34 Project grants, and three Advancement grants.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Vera Nakonechny, 2008 Pew Fellow, has been named a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

Lonnie Graham is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.