Kenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory and Body, Remember: A Memoir. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. His books of poetry include Desert Walking and Anesthesia. He was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for The Memory Stone, a chamber opera that premiered at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston in 2013. Fries also wrote the text for the new music work In the Gardens of Japan, which has been performed in Tokyo, Yokohama and New York City. Fries received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Fulbright Scholar to Japan. He has been awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council and residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt/Chateau de Levigny in Switzerland. He teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Goddard College and at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.