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About Kenny Fries



Kenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (Carroll and Graf), which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and Body, Remember: A Memoir (Dutton; new edition, University of Wisconsin Press), as well as the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (Plume). He was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for The Memory Stone, which premiered at Asia Society Texas Center. His books of poems include Desert Walking (The Advocado Press) and Anesthesia (The Advocado Press). He received the Creative Capital grant in innovative literature for In the Province of the Gods, which University of Wisconsin Press will publish in Fall 2017.


Kenny Fries has been a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; a Fulbright Scholar to Japan; and has received grants from DAAD (German Academic Exchange), the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. He will be a Fulbright Scholar to Germany in 2017.


Kenny Fries teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.