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Kenny Fries

Kenny Fries is the author of In the Province of the Gods (Creative Capital Literature Award); The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights); and Body, Remember: A Memoir. His books of poems include In the Gardens of JapanDesert Walking, and Anesthesia. He edited Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. His work has appeared widely in such places including The New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Kyoto Journal, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has received a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts and Literary Arts Fellowship, was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a DAICOR Fellow of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Cultural Vistas for diverse and inclusive public remembrance. His current work-in-progress is Stumbling over History: Disability and the Holocaust, excerpts of which are the basis for his video series What Happened Here in the Summer of 1940?. He received a multi-year multi-project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to support collaborative projects with artists and institutions around the world, using his privilege as a pioneer in disability arts to foster an enduring connection between generations of disabled artists.