J.C. Todd

2014 Pew Fellow

1/4: J.C. Todd, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/4: J.C. Todd. Photograph by Mark Hillringhouse.
3/4: Cover of J.C. Todd’s What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008). Design by Christina Manucy. Photograph by Ellen M. Siddons.
4/4: Photo courtesy of J.C. Todd.

“Art-making leads to art-making. I learned to write by writing.”

J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and outbursts of resistance, with sonnets that “complicate and contemporize the tradition of war poems.” Todd’s writing seeks out the tender moments that exist in contrast to devastation. “If language bears the trace of war, how can that be revealed and perhaps shaken loose?” she asks. Todd received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 1990, and she has since taught at universities and in the Writers-in-the-Schools Program. Her works include What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008) as well as two chapbooks: Nightshade and Entering Pisces (Pine Press, 1995 and 1985, respectively). She’s received fellowships and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Latvian Cultural Capital Fund. Other honors include an International Artist Exchange Award from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a scholarship to the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim.

Grants & Grantees

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.

Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

R. Larry Todd is Arts and Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the music department at Duke University.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Bruce Allardice has been the managing director of the multidisciplinary Ping Chong + Company since 1988. He was a Center panelist in theater in 2010.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.