“For me, personally, the most important aspect of poetry is simply the spaces it creates for surprise, self-discovery, and significant critical reflection.”
Emily Abendroth’s (b. 1975) poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities. “I identify with the choices of artists who employ volatile and complex forms in order to deal with volatile and complex subject matter,” Abendroth says. In addition to completing a new full-length manuscript, made up of a single, serial poem—]EXCLOSURES[, published in 2014 by Ahsahta Press—she has spent the past half-dozen years writing about imprisonment and regimes of control. She is the co-editor of Instead of Prisons…, an anthology of writings by incarcerated individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region, , forthcoming from Thread Makes Blanket press. Abendroth holds an MA in poetry from Temple University and in 2012, she was named a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. Her works are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by micropresses such as Albion Press (Philadelphia) and Zumbar Press (San Francisco).
Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.
A multidisciplinary theater artist whose practice is rooted in set design, Matt Saunders answers our questions on inspiration, artistic legacy, and more.
Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.
This month in Fellows Friday News: Alex Da Corte receives major media attention for his Easternsports collaboration at the ICA, Matt Saunders and Bhob Rainey are praised for set and sound design for The Adults, and much more.
Poet and Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher on creating “poetics of use,” the inspiration she draws from her ancestry, and more.
An actor, director, stage designer, and playwright, Thaddeus Phillips “creates visual spectacles that take audiences to new frontiers.”
Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.
In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
A symphonic theater hybrid for actors, classical musicians, and intergenerational choirs will offer a meditation on life and planetary cycles, set in a time of rapid ecological and technological changes.
Winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards, soprano Lucy Shelton enjoys an international career bringing her dramatic vocalism and interpretive skills to repertoire of all periods.
The Village of Arts and Humanities supports the voices and aspirations of the community and inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage, and respect the environment.
Guillermo Brown is a musician, multidisciplinary performer, and producer/composer in New York City.