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.

The prize, established in 1981, “recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.”

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.

Grants & Grantees

In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s partnership with United States Artists (USA) allows Pew Fellows to participate in USA’s unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about upcoming projects.

Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jamal Cyrus is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston working in performance and visual arts.

Headlong completed a five-month-long research and choreographic project with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

As curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA since 2006, Susan Cross has organized a string of major exhibitions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lisa Sonneborn’s documentary film and video work has been used to promote social action in the disability community.

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

Grants & Grantees

Robert Maggio is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.