Questions of Practice: Jenn McCreary on Finding Form

Finding a “form to contain [the mess]” is one way that 2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary describes her motivation for writing poetry. An avid note-taker, she tasks herself to find forms for disparate ideas.

Poet and Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary discusses her writing process. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in April 2014, in honor of National Poetry Month.

McCreary’s collections have centered on the woman’s role in the “heroic quest”: as healer and caretaker (:a doctrine of signatures:, Singing Horse Press, 2002); mother and lover (:ab ovo:, Dusie Press, 2009); and maiden, witch, or crone (& now my feet are maps, Dusie Press, 2014). Since 1998, she has co-edited ixnay press with poet Chris McCreary, publishing chapbooks and journals of new and experimental writing. worrywort, McCreary’s collaboration with 2011 Pew Fellow Pattie McCarthy, was recently published in 2014 by Little Red Leaves Textile Editions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Martha McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects.

Grants & Grantees

Yane Calovski is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel receives an Eisenhower Fellowship, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Fatu Gayflor, Kinan Abou-afach premieres a new composition for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Grants & Grantees

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Janet Goldwater is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Choreographer and performer Jennifer Monson is the founder of New York City-based iLAND: Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance.

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

Frances McElroy (Pew Fellow, 2009) creates elegantly crafted documentaries that delve deeply into personal stories.

Grants & Grantees

Elaine Hoffman Watts is a klezmer musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

In response to its expanded focus on collecting and presenting regional studio crafts, the James A. Michener Museum organized the first retrospective of the sculpted-bronze art furniture of Paul Evans, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania artist.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

This month’s digest includes a BOMB Magazine interview with Chris Forsyth, international attention for Ryan Trecartin’s collaborative video installation at London’s Zabludowicz Collection, and a list of “must-see painting shows” from New American Paintings stocked with Pew Fellows.