Kenny Fries is the author of In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature award; The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, winner of 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. Kenny’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Granta, The Believer, Kyoto Journal, LiteraryHub, Electric Literature, The Progressive, Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, and in many other publications and anthologies. He wrote the Disability Beat column for How We Get To Next, and developed the Fries Test for disability representation in our culture. His work has been translated into Spanish, German, French, and Japanese. Kenny is recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts and Literary Arts Fellowship, and was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has twice been 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. In 2020, Kenny received a 3-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. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.
Praise for In the Province of the Gods:
—Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door
—Marie Mutsuki Mockett, author of Where the Dead Wave, and the Japanese Say Goodbye
—Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace, National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller