“I am working to capture the play of presence and absence, the haunting that fascinates us, even long before we ask, ‘What happened here?’”
Catie Rosemurgy’s (b. 1969) wry and sharply imagined poems investigate the layered natures of identity, history, and narrative. The author of two collections of poetry published by Graywolf Press, The Stranger Manual (2010) and My Favorite Apocalypse (2001), Rosemurgy’s current work-in-progress explores the back story of a fictional town called Gold River. The world of Gold River is a cross between historical research and fantasy, modeled after formerly bustling shipping and lumber towns of the Upper Midwest, which peaked in the late 19th century and have experienced steep declines since. The new collection, tentatively titled, “The Small Museum of Our Burning,” is influenced by great American historic novels, and seeks to deconstruct and challenge the narrative structures of such works, while blurring the boundaries between prose and poetry. “The nature of storytelling is my subject matter,” Rosemurgy says. “I want to write a book that’s hard to classify, a book that calls out to many different kinds of books as kindred spirits.”
Rosemurgy earned her MFA in poetry at the University of Alabama and has been the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Female Artists as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently teaches at The College of New Jersey. She participated in the Center’s 2013 iteration of No Idea is Too Ridiculous, for which she developed a new digital interactive poetry project with programmer and poet Noah Schoenholtz.
In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
“The best day in the studio is when everything feels like magic,” says 2009 Pew Fellow and visual artist Sarah Gamble.
John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.
Alice Oh is a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow.
This month in Fellows Friday news: Vera Nakonechny is named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alex Da Corte exhibits at White Cube, and much more.
In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Pennsylvania Ballet presented the American premiere of Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colors, inspired by the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich.
The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society presented three traditional Beijing operas, two dramas and a love story, featuring three leading performing artists from China.
Susan Warden is an independent choreographer who served as artistic director for 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Center.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
Pew Fellow and visual artist Benjamin Volta leads an artmaking workshop as part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue.
In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.