Questions of Practice: Emily Abendroth on Integrity and Discomfort

Discomfort is a sign that one is working with integrity, says poet Emily Abendroth, a 2013 Pew Fellow. She approaches writing without presupposition, and then presents her finished work outside of the poetry community to the people with whom the work is in conversation. Artistic integrity requires “not always being in a safe place,” she says.

Poet and Pew Fellow Emily Abendroth on integrity and discomfort. 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

Fatu Gayflor (Pew Fellow, 2014) learned music, dance, and traditional arts at an early age in rural Liberia. She states that her goal is “to use singing and songwriting to build cooperation and community among Liberians.”

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America.

Grants & Grantees

Poet and Pew Fellow Catie Rosemurgy’s wry and sharply imagined poems investigate the layered natures of identity, history, and narrative.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John Corbett is a writer, musician, radio host, teacher, record producer, concert promoter, and, with co-owner Jim Dempsey, of Corbett vs. Dempsey art gallery in Chicago.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

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

David Scott Kessler’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) work combines film, installation, writing, performance, and drawing in a constantly-shifting exploration of place.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Eric Johnson is a librarian by training, currently serving as head of innovative media at the VCU Libraries of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Grants & Grantees

In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.