Pew Fellow Poetry: Frank Sherlock

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 Frank Sherlock, the current poet laureate of Philadelphia, read his poem “Little Sensation.”

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


A 2012 Pew Fellow and Leeway Transformation Award winner, Waselchuk is interviewing and photographing Philadelphia block captains for Them That Do, a project which reveals the individual and shared histories of the city’s diverse citizenry.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Praised by The New York Times for his “alluring, emotive” work, composer Lembit Beecher creates intimate and dramatically potent musical experiences.

Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 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.

Grants & Grantees

In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Jones is a movement performance artist who intertwines personal history, diasporic movement, social commentary, and interdisciplinary methods, drawing from, in her words, “the individual and collective lived experiences of blackness.”

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.

Curtis will design and implement a new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field, including coaching in how to produce, promote, and present their own music in innovative ways.

This month, Afaa Michael Weaver is awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Joshua Mosley’s work appears at the Whitney Biennial, King Britt curates at MoMA PS1, and much more.

Grants & Grantees

Enid Mark (1932–2008) was a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

A 2002 MacArthur Fellow and early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, theater artists Thaddeus Phillips and Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg, Dan Rothenberg, and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, as well as choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace, all have works on stage at FringeArts. Master embroiderer Vera Nakonechny talks to the National Endowment for the Arts about the history behind her work, and novelist Ken Kalfus’ new book is released.