“Each poem can emerge as an insistent act when it does not simply describe existing certainties, but develops new forms, tones, and images that transvalue and transform.”
Frank Sherlock (b. 1969) views poetry as a call to action and a tool for encouraging interactions and conversations within public spaces. Primarily self-taught, Sherlock has studied at Temple University, and he counts years-long correspondences with poets Cid Corman and John Taggart as important parts of his literary education. He considers himself a literary cartographer, with past works that delve deeply into implications of place and event. The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010), written with 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad, is an ode to the public spaces of Philadelphia, while Ready-to-Eat Individual (Lavender Ink, 2008), co-authored in New Orleans with poet Brett Evans, serves as witness to the city’s efforts to heal after Hurricane Katrina. Other books include Over Here (Factory School, 2009) and Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press, 2014). Sherlock has read at various universities and poetry centers throughout the country. He visited Latin America in 2013 to support Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of his work translated by Carlos Soto-Roman, to be published by Chile’s Das Kapital Press in the fall of 2014. He is currently the 2014-2015 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.
In this week’s Fellows Friday Q&A, we speak to poet Travis Macdonald, who questions authorship with written works that are lively and whimsical without being frivolous, and which offer critique and reflection of the contemporary moment.
Philip M. Katz, Ph.D., is the director of projects at the Council of Independent Colleges. Previously, he was assistant director for research at the American Alliance of Museums.
Bruce Allardice has been the managing director of the multidisciplinary Ping Chong + Company since 1988. He was a Center panelist in theater in 2010.
Tanya Hamilton is a filmmaker and a 2004 Pew Fellow in media.
In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Visual artist Brent Wahl works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions.
Albright’s work in film spans documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. One of his works-in-progress is Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, which presents the history and cultures of the Wabanaki people. She served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.
Philadelphia Dance Projects produced the Local Dance History Project, reuniting five prominent Philadelphia dancers to examine the development of contemporary dance in the city.
Designer Jenny Sabin’s PolyMorph is on display in France and bandleader Marshall Allen performs at Lincoln Center on October 5, 2013.