Fellows Friday News: Afaa Michael Weaver awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Plus Joshua Mosley, King Britt, and More

28 Mar 2014


Joshua Mosley, Jeu de Paume, 2014, film still from the stop-motion animation created for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, 3 minutes.

Awards and Residencies

Playwright Russell Davis (2008) is an Inge House Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, KS until April 20, 2014. Read more >

Poet Rachel Du Plessi (2002) is in residence at the Djerrasi Resident Artists Program. Read more >

The 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and Boston Review have named Nava EtShalom (2006) one of four recipients of the Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize. Read more >

Beth Kephart's (2005) book, Handling the Truth, received the Books for Better Life and Motivation Award from the 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards Program. Read more >

The Foundation for Landscape Studies has awarded Karen M'Closkey's (2013) book, Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates, with the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. Read more >

Poet and critic Susan Stewart (1995) is a 2014 Berlin Prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. While there, she will complete The Ruins Lesson, a book of critical prose on the representation and function of ruins in Western art and literature. She also intends to resolve the structure for her new collection of poems, Bramble, a book of poetry. Read more >

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver (1998) has been awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection, The Government of Nature. Judge Chase Twichell was captivated by Weaver's life story, stating, "He essentially invented himself from whole cloth as a poet." Read more >

Afaa Michael Weaver's poem, "Blues in Five/Four, the Violence in Chicago," was awarded a 2014 Pushcart Prize and published in the 2014 print edition. Read more >

Exhibitions and Performances

King Britt (2007) curates MOONDANCE, a celebration of Afrofuturism, featuring speakers and a festival of music, at MoMA PS1. MoMA PS1, New York, NY, April 13, 2014. Full schedule and tickets >

The Rosenbach Museum and Library's musician-in-residence, Dave Burrell (1996), will premiere Listening to Lincoln, a jazz, opera, and improvisation composition that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA, April 10 and 12, 2014. Read more and get tickets >

Visual artist Yane Calovski (2001) has work included in the 2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial. Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki, Finland, on view until May 5, 2014. Read more >

Video artist Peter D'Agostino (1992) will create a video-based installation, World-Wide-Walks / ICE, at Harvestworks, which will document his video walks on glaciers in Iceland, Alaska, and Argentina. Harvestworks, New York, NY, on view April 11–13. Read more >

Textile work by Ed Bing Lee (2007) will be exhibited in the ninth International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery. Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, on view until April 26, 2014. Read more >

Nmperign, Bhob Rainey's (2013) electronic music duo, will play as part of Snugs' one year concert series anniversary. Snugs, Brooklyn, New York, March 29. Full schedule and tickets >

Bowerbird presents Axon Ladder, a collaborative multimedia performance installation by Bhob Rainey (2013) and Catherine Pancake that combines algorithmic electronic composition with real-time video manipulation, free to the public. Bowerbird, Philadelphia, PA, April 18. Full schedule and tickets >

Bowerbird presents Matt Mitchell (2012) and Bhob Rainey's (2013) electronic duet, Nmperign, with Corinna Burns for a one-night event. Bowerbird, Philadelphia, PA, April 30. Read more and tickets >

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock (2013) will read as part of the 2014 Philadelphia Book Festival. Free Library of Philadelphia Book Festival, April 13–19. Read more >

Chuck Treece (2010) will play with his band McRad at the Legendary Dobbs, a Philadelphia venue. The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2014. More info and tickets >

Publications and Recordings

Poet CAConrad (2011) adapted the film script of Capote for a new piece, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (were you high when you said this?). Download the free PDF or buy the book >

The Day of the Picnic by Russell Davis (2008) was published by Broadway Play Publishing. Read more >

April's issue of Harper Magazine features "Coup de Foudre," a new fiction piece by Ken Kalfus (2009). Read an excerpt >

The Network, a book of poems by Jena Osman (2006), will be featured at the Audiatur-Festival for ny poesie 2014 in Bergen, Norway. She will read several poems in conjunction with the event. Read more >

Jena Osman (2006) has also published a new book of poems from Burning Deck Press, Corporate Relations. The work examines the constitutional history of corporate personhood in the United States. Read more >

New poems by Catie Rosemurgy (2012) appeared in Better, an online magazine. Read and listen to her poems >

Poet Elaine Terranova (2006) will read her poems as part of the Brookline Poetry Series. Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA, April 6, 2014. Read more >


Artist Joshua Mosley's (2005) work, Jeu de Paume, has been dubbed by Time Out New York as one of "five must-see works in the Whitney Biennial." Read the full article >

The New Yorker profiled video and performance artist Ryan Trecartin (2009). Read the full article >

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock (2013) was featured on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Listen to the full episode >

Afaa Michael Weaver's (1998) Pushcart Prize-winning poem, "American Income," was republished on the New York Times' "Learning Network" blog. Read more >