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 >

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ronnie McGhee has over 30 years of professional practice in architecture, including 15 years as partner-in-charge and owner of R. McGhee & Associates, a Washington D.C. architectural firm.

The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.

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

Grants & Grantees

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, produced a two-part program recreating a royal christening that occurred in Stuttgart, Germany in 1616.

Composer, improviser, and media artist Mike Bullock will join forces with Swedish composers and conceptual artists Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Kent Tankred, and Philadelphia musicians such as Ian Fraser and Bhob Rainey, for a program of electronic music, performance, and installations, expanding Philadelphia’s connection to the international experimental music scene.

An opening reception featuring a gallery tour, live musical performance and a discussion with Philadelphia historians about the cultural impact of the Great Migration.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Laura Mullen was appointed Director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University in 2014. She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Brown University and Columbia College, and serves frequently as a guest faculty member at Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. In 2015, she served as a panelist for Pew Fellowships.

An actor, director, stage designer, and playwright, Thaddeus Phillips “creates visual spectacles that take audiences to new frontiers.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kyong Park is an architect, artist, urban theorist, and activist, whose research and artistic practice focus on urban landscapes and contemporary social geography.

Please Touch Museum received an Advancement grant to research and develop a new set of blended digital and hands-on exhibitions, education programs, and marketing and distribution strategies.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kelly Kivland is an Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, where she has been involved with exhibition and performance programs.