Laynie Browne

2014 Pew Fellow

1/5: Laynie Browne, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Laynie Browne. Photo by Kelly Writer’s House Staff.
3/5: Cover of Laynie Browne’s The Ivory Hour (a future memoir) (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013). Cover artwork by Laynie Browne.
4/5: Cover of Laynie Browne’s The Desires of Letters (Counterpath Press, 2010). Cover artwork by Susan Sanford.
5/5: Cover of Laynie Browne’s Acts of Levitation (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). Cover photo by Francesca Woodman.

“My desire is not to direct or dictate an experience of the poem, but to study and open possibilities for perception.”

Laynie Browne’s (b. 1966) poetry explores notions of silence and the invisible, through the re-contextualization of poetic forms, such as sonnets (Daily Sonnets), tales (The Scented Fox), and letters (The Desires of Letters). Her current project, You Envelop Me, utilizes the elegy to investigate birth and loss within the context of the mourning process. “Attempts to illuminate once-hidden meanings are points of perforation, punctures in the fabric of writing,” says Browne. “I consider form as a container, lens, garment, dwelling, and means of locomotion.” Browne received her M.F.A. from Brown University in 1990. Her published works include nine collections of poetry, two novels, and a number of chapbooks. Her work has been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology, Poet’s Choice, and elsewhere. She’s a three-time recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry.

References

Pew Fellow and poet Brian Teare (2015) has been awarded a residency through the Center’s ongoing partnership with MacDowell Colony.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Lee is the former curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.

Grants & Grantees

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a theater artist, director of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.

Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.

Questions of Practice

Poet and 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad is well known for poetry collections such as A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and The Book of Frank. His latest book is ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness.

Grants & Grantees

Chris Forsyth seeks out and articulates intersections of various musical traditions, including free jazz, American folk, blues, and electronic music.

Grants & Grantees

In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Questions of Practice

Rainey is a 2013 Pew Fellow, a soprano saxophonist and composer, one half of improvisational duo nmperign, and leader of the BSC, an eight-member ensemble that uses both acoustic and electronic instruments.

Grants & Grantees

Stephen Berg (1934–2014) was a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.