Pew Fellow Poetry: Emily Abendroth

The 2013 Pew Fellow poets—Emily Abendroth, Jenn McCreary, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Frank Sherlock—brought Philadelphia verse to the West Coast in early May, when they read at San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center. Their trip was made possible through Center support.

Curious about what they presented, we asked the poets to share samples of their work. Watch Emily Abendroth read a selection from her poem “Always Hook a Gift Horsey Dead in the Kisser [An Invocation].”

Emily Abendroth, poet and 2013 Pew Fellow. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on April 17, 2014.


Emily Abendroth’s poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities. She is the author of ] EXCLOSURES [, a collection published by Ahsahta Press, and the co-editor of Instead of Prisons…, an anthology of writings by incarcerated individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Abendrotht holds an M.A. in poetry from Temple University and in 2012, she was named a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Stuart Netsky is a painter, sculptor, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

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.

Grants & Grantees

Louis Massiah is a filmmaker and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Mark Russell is the co-director of New York’s Under the Radar Festival, headquartered at the Public Theater.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented a series intended to forge connections between preeminent chamber musicians and the next generation of classical music audiences.

Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Grants & Grantees

In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.

Grants & Grantees

Moments of grace or insight or good writing actually are dependent on a day-to-day process.

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.