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 to critical acclaim 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.
Awards and Accomplishments
2016: Kenny Fries receives a Fulbright to Germany to research his new book, Stumbling Over History. He also has received support for the book from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Kenny Fries received a Disability Arts Travel Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to travel to Germany to meet with writers and editors involved with disability publications in Berlin and Bonn, and to attend the No Limits Festival in Berlin
Fries receives grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council to connect with those involved with disability arts and larn about the sociopolitical context of disability in Germany
Kenny Fries receives an Ontario Arts Council Works-in-Progress grant for In the Province of the Gods.
Kenny Fries receives a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Research Visit Grant to begin work on On the Other Side of the Wall, a new book of creative non-fiction.
Fries's Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability is an American Library Associations Notable Book of 2012
Fries receives a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's Writers' Reserve program
Fries is commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for a Japanese-themed chamber opera as part of HGO's "East+West" series
Kenny Fries received a Disability Arts Travel Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to travel to Helsinki, Finland to meet with the Duv Teatern theatre troupe and the curators of the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibit at the Ateneum National Gallery.
2010: Fries receives Ledig House International Writers Residency
2010: Fries receives residency for the Chateau de Lavigny in Switzerland
2009: Kenny Fries receives Yaddo residency
In the Province of the Gods
In the Province of the Gods is a creative non-fiction work that uses Fries’s experience as a physically disabled foreigner in Japan to…
Oct 23 – Oct 28, 2012
Kenny Fries presents on Disability in the Academy at The University of Arizona in Tucson
May 10 – May 12, 2012
Kenny Fries speaks at (L)INK: The Write Disability in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 28, 2015
MAP Fund Announces 2015 Grantee Class