Fellows Friday News: Afaa Michael Weaver awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Plus Joshua Mosley, King Britt, and More

1/3: Joshua Mosley, Jeu de Paume, 2014, film still from the stop-motion animation created for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, 3 minutes.
2/3: Afaa Michael Weaver. Photo by Lynda Kodish.
3/3: Promotional image for MOONDANCE, a celebration of Afrofuturism at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, on April 13, 2014, curated by King Britt.

Awards and Residencies

Playwright Russell Davis (2008) is an Inge House Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, KS until April 20, 2014. Read more >

Poet Rachel Du Plessi (2002) is in residence at the Djerrasi Resident Artists Program. Read more >

The 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and Boston Review have named Nava EtShalom (2006) one of four recipients of the Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize. Read more >

Beth Kephart’s (2005) book, Handling the Truth, received the Books for Better Life and Motivation Award from the 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards Program. Read more >

The Foundation for Landscape Studies has awarded Karen M’Closkey’s (2013) book, Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates, with the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. Read more >

Poet and critic Susan Stewart (1995) is a 2014 Berlin Prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. While there, she will complete The Ruins Lesson, a book of critical prose on the representation and function of ruins in Western art and literature. She also intends to resolve the structure for her new collection of poems, Bramble, a book of poetry. Read more >

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver (1998) has been awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection, The Government of Nature. Judge Chase Twichell was captivated by Weaver’s life story, stating, “He essentially invented himself from whole cloth as a poet.” Read more >

Afaa Michael Weaver’s poem, “Blues in Five/Four, the Violence in Chicago,” was awarded a 2014 Pushcart Prize and published in the 2014 print edition. Read more >

Exhibitions and Performances

King Britt (2007) curates MOONDANCE, a celebration of Afrofuturism, featuring speakers and a festival of music, at MoMA PS1. MoMA PS1, New York, NY, April 13, 2014. Full schedule and tickets >

The Rosenbach Museum and Library’s musician-in-residence, Dave Burrell (1996), will premiere Listening to Lincoln, a jazz, opera, and improvisation composition that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA, April 10 and 12, 2014. Read more and get tickets >

Visual artist Yane Calovski (2001) has work included in the 2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial. Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki, Finland, on view until May 5, 2014. Read more >

Video artist Peter D’Agostino (1992) will create a video-based installation, World-Wide-Walks / ICE, at Harvestworks, which will document his video walks on glaciers in Iceland, Alaska, and Argentina. Harvestworks, New York, NY, on view April 11–13. Read more >

Textile work by Ed Bing Lee (2007) will be exhibited in the ninth International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery. Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, on view until April 26, 2014. Read more >

Nmperign, Bhob Rainey’s (2013) electronic music duo, will play as part of Snugs’ one year concert series anniversary. Snugs, Brooklyn, New York, March 29. Full schedule and tickets >

Bowerbird presents Axon Ladder, a collaborative multimedia performance installation by Bhob Rainey (2013) and Catherine Pancake that combines algorithmic electronic composition with real-time video manipulation, free to the public. Bowerbird, Philadelphia, PA, April 18. Full schedule and tickets >

Bowerbird presents Matt Mitchell (2012) and Bhob Rainey’s (2013) electronic duet, Nmperign, with Corinna Burns for a one-night event. Bowerbird, Philadelphia, PA, April 30. Read more and tickets >

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock (2013) will read as part of the 2014 Philadelphia Book Festival. Free Library of Philadelphia Book Festival, April 13–19. Read more >

Chuck Treece (2010) will play with his band McRad at the Legendary Dobbs, a Philadelphia venue. The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2014. More info and tickets >

Publications and Recordings

Poet CAConrad (2011) adapted the film script of Capote for a new piece, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (were you high when you said this?). Download the free PDF or buy the book >

The Day of the Picnic by Russell Davis (2008) was published by Broadway Play Publishing. Read more >

April’s issue of Harper Magazine features “Coup de Foudre,” a new fiction piece by Ken Kalfus (2009). Read an excerpt >

The Network, a book of poems by Jena Osman (2006), will be featured at the Audiatur-Festival for ny poesie 2014 in Bergen, Norway. She will read several poems in conjunction with the event. Read more >

Jena Osman (2006) has also published a new book of poems from Burning Deck Press, Corporate Relations. The work examines the constitutional history of corporate personhood in the United States. Read more >

New poems by Catie Rosemurgy (2012) appeared in Better, an online magazine. Read and listen to her poems >

Poet Elaine Terranova (2006) will read her poems as part of the Brookline Poetry Series. Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA, April 6, 2014. Read more >


Artist Joshua Mosley’s (2005) work, Jeu de Paume, has been dubbed by Time Out New York as one of “five must-see works in the Whitney Biennial.” Read the full article >

The New Yorker profiled video and performance artist Ryan Trecartin (2009). Read the full article >

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock (2013) was featured on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Listen to the full episode >

Afaa Michael Weaver’s (1998) Pushcart Prize-winning poem, “American Income,” was republished on the New York Times’ “Learning Network” blog. Read more >

The Philadelphia Ceili Group brought some of the finest Irish traditional artists to Philadelphia for a concert series culminating in the Philadelphia Traditional Irish Music and Dance Festival.

We talk with Laynie Browne, whose poetry explores notions of silence and the invisible through the re-contextualization of poetic forms.

One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.

Visual artist and Pew Fellow Caroline Lathan-Stiefel on creating large-scale installations from ordinary objects, work-life balance, and more.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of participatory sites created through the large-scale, multi-part project, Philadelphia Assembled.

In 2015, Fellows performed and exhibited their work at theaters, festivals, and in museums around the globe, received prestigious awards, and garnered international media attention.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an extensive project centered on historic and contemporary African art that promoted greater understanding and appreciation of African culture as a dynamic and complex relationship between past and present, tradition and innovation.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Catherine Hughes, who has written and presented widely on performance in museums, is project director of Meet the Past, a live interpretation initiative at the Atlanta History Center.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 1992, Astral Artists plays a vital role in the discovery and development of gifted classical musicians.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, and she is currently an independent consultant and entrepreneur.

As part of its exhibition Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form, the James A. Michener Art Museum presents a series of films from the 1920s.

Grants & Grantees

Rea Tajiri’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) films straddle documentary and art film genres with an innovative approach to storytelling, which she characterizes as “personal essay documentary,” exploring the effects of political, social, and emotional histories within families and across generations.