Ben Marcus is the author of several books of fiction. His newest novels are Leaving the Sea (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) and The Flame Alphabet (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, and Time. Marcus is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and a 2009 recipient of a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and a fall 2013 Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He taught at Brown University for several years before joining the faculty at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He served on the Center’s Pew Fellowships panel in 2009.
We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Sueyeun Juliette Lee read from her chapbook, A Primary Mother.
In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.
Pig Iron Theatre Company will create a melodrama inspired by the aesthetic of theater legend Charles Ludlam, founder of Greenwich Village’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.
Basekamp is a loose collective of artists and attenuated artist networks that produces, manages, and stewards projects outside of the art market and established arts institutions.
Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Nothing in Nature is Private, which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize.
An actor, director, stage designer, and playwright, Thaddeus Phillips “creates visual spectacles that take audiences to new frontiers.”
As curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA since 2006, Susan Cross has organized a string of major exhibitions.
Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
The Curtis Institute of Music is offering a new independent study course to its students, designed to aid gifted young musicians in creating innovative approaches to classical music performance.
Jennifer Higdon wins a International Opera Award for Cold Mountain, Geoff Sobelle’s one-man play The Object Lesson will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop, and a mid-career retrospective book of Bo Bartlett’s paintings is published.
Trapeta B. Mayson is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow. She serves as the executive director of Historic Germantown.