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.

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.

Questions of Practice

Osby is an award-winning contemporary jazz musician, a 2012 Pew Fellow, and the recipient of such honors as a Doris Duke Composition Fellowship and the Chamber Music America Composers Award.

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Centering on Foley’s improvisational performance practice, action is primary will feature photographic, moving-image, sonic, and written documentation of up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15 p.m.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Founded in 2013 by Michał Zadara, Centrala is a theater company based in Warsaw, Poland.

Grants & Grantees

Nicole Cousineau (Pew Fellow, 2007) makes multimedia dance theater based in strong, rigorous movement investigation.

Grants & Grantees

LaVaughn Robinson (1927–2008) was a tap dancer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Peter Rose is a multimedia artist and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

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Ken Kalfus is a 2009 Pew Fellow and the author of two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, both of which were New York Times notable books.

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.

Pew Fellow Christopher Colucci on his progression from musician to sound designer, the music and books that inspire him, and more.

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Lorene Cary is a writer and a 1995 Pew Fellow.