“I’m interested in writing that sees the act of reading as an act of thinking, as an act of meaning-making…as something less tidy than what the lyric form has traditionally offered.”
Poet Kevin Varrone (b. 1970) has worked for over 10 years on a multiple-book project entitled g-point Almanac, which includes chapbooks published by ixnay press and Ugly Duckling Presse. His most recent publication, Eephus, is the fourth book in the project—a series of prose poems centered around baseball, written in a style that Varrone describes as “research lyric,” synthesizing historical anecdotes, slowly unfolding narratives, and language experimentation. Throughout the poems, the overarching theme of baseball serves as an entryway for considering the nature of fatherhood, as well as ideas of place, identity, and inheritance. Varrone holds an MA in creative writing from Temple University, where he currently teaches literature and writing. Since receiving his Pew Fellowship, he has collaborated with a programmer and visual artist on “Box Score: An Autobiography,” an app for iPad and iPhone that features poems from Eephus paired with collages. Varrone spoke on the topic of “Poetic Explorations” at the 2013 Poets Forum in New York City.
In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Ezra Shales is an art historian, curator, and artist whose research, publications, and exhibitions explore the intersections of design, craft, and art in modern and contemporary culture.
This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.
Bruce Graham is a playwright and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
A classical music composer and pianist, Michael Djupstrom (Pew Fellow, 2014) seeks to connect with audiences by bridging traditional and contemporary styles of musical expression.
Tim Grove is chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he oversees programming and works on exhibition and web development.
We are deeply saddened by the news that Nicholas Kripal, 1999 Pew Fellow, passed away on September 30, 2016.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
Choreographer Amanda Miller collaborated with Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia to research the intersection of classical Cambodian dance with her western classical ballet training.
Mark Allen is founder and executive director of Machine Project, a multidisciplinary neighborhood arts collaborative in Los Angeles.
Major Jackson is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.