Laura Mullen was appointed Director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University in 2014. She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Brown University and Columbia College, and serves frequently as a guest faculty member at Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. She is the author of seven books, including most recently Enduring Freedom (2012), Dark Archive (2011), and Murmur (2007). Her first book, The Surface (1991), was a National Poetry Series selection. A new collection, Complicated Grief, is forthcoming from Solid Objects Press in fall 2015. Mullen’s work has been praised for its wild invention and play, and her poems are included in anthologies such as Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, and I’ll Drown my Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, among others. Mullen’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. In 2015, she served as a panelist for Pew Fellowships.
Mei-ling Hom is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
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.
Toby Twining is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
Abendroth is a poet and a 2013 Pew Fellow whose book ]EXCLOSURES[ is newly available this month from Ahsahta Press.
Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.
“The pulsating energy that we get from drums have a way of connecting us to everything else in the universe,” says Nana Korantema Ayeboafo, a 2008 Pew Fellow.
Opera Philadelphia seeks to create productions of classic and new operatic works that assemble the finest international creative artists, and present a wide array of programming that educates, deepens, and diversifies opera audiences.
Frances McElroy (Pew Fellow, 2009) creates elegantly crafted documentaries that delve deeply into personal stories.
Feasley is a self-described “landscape painter” whose work tends to be small-scale and intimate—supernatural scenes painted in rich, saturated colors that result in a hybrid of abstract and figurative art.
Hank Willis Thomas is a visual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, race, and popular culture.
In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
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.