Jenn McCreary

2013 Pew Fellow

1/6: Jenn McCreary, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/6: Excerpt from Jenn McCreary’s Magpie Augury. Sections 1–6 published in Sous Rature, summer/fall 2009. Sections 7–10 published in Moira, spring 2012.
3/6: Excerpt from Jenn McCreary’s Magpie Augury. Sections 1–6 published in Sous Rature, summer/fall 2009. Sections 7–10 published in Moira, spring 2012.
4/6: Excerpt from Jenn McCreary’s Magpie Augury. Sections 1–6 published in Sous Rature, summer/fall 2009. Sections 7–10 published in Moira, spring 2012.
5/6: Excerpt from Jenn McCreary’s Magpie Augury. Sections 1–6 published in Sous Rature, summer/fall 2009. Sections 7–10 published in Moira, spring 2012.
6/6: “Hunting Poem” by Jenn McCreary, published as a featured poem on the Flying Object website, January 2012.

“[My work] seeks to embrace states of ambiguity and contradiction, transforming the everyday into the transcendent.”

Jenn McCreary (b. 1972) believes that the poem is always “a dialogue and exchange between poet and reader; a breathing entity rather than a closed, coherent object that exists only within the confines of its own margins.” Her collections have centered on the woman’s role in the “heroic quest”: as healer and caretaker (:a doctrine of signatures:, Singing Horse Press, 2002); mother and lover (:ab ovo:, Dusie Press, 2009); and maiden, witch, or crone (& now my feet are maps, Dusie Press, 2014). McCreary assembles her poems from a variety of source material, sifting and scratching out—a process that allows for “fortunate accidents.” Since 1998, she has co-edited ixnay press with poet Chris McCreary, publishing chapbooks and journals of new and experimental writing. After a recent collaboration with visual artist SJ Hart, leading to a series of new poems and paintings, McCreary plans to pursue opportunities to work with artists from other disciplines, and to experiment with physical manifestations of poetry that free the text from the page. worrywort, McCreary’s collaboration with 2011 Pew Fellow Pattie McCarthy, is forthcoming in 2014 from Little Red Leaves Textile Editions.

References

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sara Kellner is the principal of Kellner Consulting, which focuses on the arts, including organizational and creative planning, public art, and fund development.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Actress Estelle Parsons has found success on stage, screen, and television, often playing characters who can best be described as fanatical or neurotic.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Robert Matthews’ drawings are representational with varying degrees of narrative. They are not illustrations but rather investigations of unsolvable questions.

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Dave Burrell is a pianist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Bruce Graham’s Rizzo opens at Theatre Exile, NPR features Chris Forsyth, and Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson receives a Bessie Award.

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“You can do what you want within the space of the paper,” says visual artist and 2009 Pew Fellow Ben Peterson. “Whereas in the three-dimensional world, there’d be limitations.”

The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.

Grants & Grantees

In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.