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Great Writers, Great Readings

Kenny Fries

16th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series – Fall 2019

Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Admission to Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5669.

Kenny Fries is the author, most recently, of In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature award. His other work includes The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and Body, Remember: A Memoir. He edited Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out, and was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for The Memory Stone.

His books of poems include In the Gardens of Japan, Desert Walking, and Anesthesia. His work has appeared in numerous places including The New York Times, Granta, Kyoto Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Progressive, Literary Hub and Catapult. He writes the Disability Beat column for How We Get To Next.

Twice a Fulbright Scholar (Japan and Germany), he received a 2019 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 has received grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

He is currently working on Stumbling over History: Aktion T4, Disability, and the Holocaust and Frida Kahlos's Leg: Essays on Role Models, Disability, and Representation. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.

The following partners join with Hofstra University’s Department of English, the MFA in Creative Writing Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center in presenting Mr. Fries:
Disabilities Studies Program
Hofstra University Honors College
Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice
Department of History
European Studies Program
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell