"The Memory Stone," a chamber opera, composer Marty Regan, librettist Kenny Fries, director Matthew Ozawa, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, premiered at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston on April 9, 2013. Read a review of the opera and an interview with Marty Regan and Kenny Fries.
Kenny Fries receives 2012 Disability Arts Travel Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Read Kenny Fries's essay about Adrienne Rich from The Progressive here.
Kenny Fries's work included in Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, named a 2012 American Library Association Notable Book.
Kenny Fries receives 2012 Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve grant.
Kenny Fries receives grant from the Toronto Arts Council.
Kenny Fries receives 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature.
The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory wins the 2007 Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.
"An irresistible title; I did not resist. I read this book with great pleasure, delighted by the unexpected yet perfectly apt conjunctions, by the grace and economy with which the episodes from Darwin's life and key concepts of his work are transposed into a "natural history" of the self with a poet's sense of the telling detail." —Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Servants of the Map
"An unusual historian, Fries wears the story of his life on his feet in specially constructed orthopedic shoes ... In Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace, Fries recognizes a pair of intellectual adventurers whose research "now in isolation, now in concert, now in conflict" illuminates his own quest to adapt to an ever-shifting environment ... " — Booklist
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