The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce that Pew Fellow and poet Brian Teare (2015) has been awarded a residency through the Center's ongoing partnership with MacDowell Colony, one of the oldest and most prestigious artist residency programs in the country.
Teare will begin his residency this April, and plans to make progress on a forthcoming book. "I'll be attempting to work with documentary materials about industrial waste and the toxicity of everyday life, and... work those documents into poems about the line between urban life and the ecosystems and watersheds urban life is a part of," Teare says.
"I've been to MacDowell twice before, but it's been over a decade since I was there. Those residencies turned into the most productive weeks of my writing life, so I'm looking forward to being immersed again in poetry so intensely. The residencies also yielded friendships with visual artists that have produced years of cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration..., so I also look forward to the possibility of more interdisciplinary relationships."
The author of five full-length books, Teare's latest publication, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, was recently released by Ahsahta Press. A former NEA Fellow in Literature, Teare has been a resident at Headlands Center for the Arts, and is a recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship. Learn more about Teare in his Fellows Friday Q&A >>.
The Center will announce additional residencies awarded through its partnership with the Alliance of Artist Communities later this year.