Kenny Fries

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Kenny Fries's In the Province of the Gods received the Creative Capital grant in literature. .  He is the author of 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 is the editor Staring Back:  The Disability Experience from the Inside Out and author of the libretto for The Memory Stone, an opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.  His books of poems include Anesthesia, Desert Walking, and In the Gardens of Japan.  He was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, twice a Fulbright Scholar (Japan and Germany), and has received grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.  He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. 

Praise for In the Province of the Gods:

“Kenny Fries writes out of the pure hot emergency of a mortal being trying to keep himself alive. So much is at stake here—health, affection, culture, trauma, language--but its greatest surprise is what thrives in the midst of suffering. A beautiful book."

                       —Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door

“In this subtle page turner, Fries helps reinvent the travel-as-pilgrimage narrative.  He neither exoticizes nor shies away from the potential pitfalls of a western mind traveling abroad; instead he demonstrates how, through an all too rare open heart and a true poet’s eye, bridges can be built, and understanding deepened, one sincere action at a time.”  

                      —Marie Mutsuki Mockett, author of Where the Dead Wave, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

"Deeply moving and exquisitely written, and about many things—cultural and physical difference, sexuality, love, loss, mortality and the ephemeral nature of beauty and art. It is also a love letter to Japan, a country that embraced the author at a time when he needed acceptance the most. But perhaps most importantly, this is that rare kind of book that offers us a profound sense of what it means to be truly alive."

                    —Mira Bartók, author of  The Memory Palace,  National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller

 

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