“The most thrilling thing in the world is when you have a vague thought and you manage to solidify it on paper.”
Ken Kalfus (b. 1954) is the author of two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, both of which were New York Times notable books. He has also published novels, including The Commissariat of Enlightenment, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award), and his most recent, Equilateral. Kalfus was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and a winner of the Salon Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. He received a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in creative arts/fiction. “The most thrilling thing in the world is when you have a vague thought and you manage to solidify it on paper,” he says. Kalfus has written for Harper’s, BOMB, the North American Review, and the Voice Literary Supplement. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month this April, we highlight the recent achievements of many of our Pew Fellow poets.
Brian Teare’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) poetry is concerned with embodiment—both our human bodies and the natural environment around us.
Iain Low is an architect and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
Percussionist and Pew Fellow Pablo Batista presents El Viaje (The Journey), a new performance work.
Kate Moran is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Jan Yager is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
“The best day in the studio is when everything feels like magic,” says 2009 Pew Fellow and visual artist Sarah Gamble.
Visual artist and Pew Fellow Caroline Lathan-Stiefel on creating large-scale installations from ordinary objects, work-life balance, and more.
Daisy Fried is a poet and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.
In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.