The Official Website of the award winning Author Kenny Fries


Kenny Fries's new book, In the Province of the Gods, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Fall 2017.

Read Kenny Fries's essay "What's Wrong with This Picture?" in Hineni Magazine.

Read Kenny Fries's contribution to the Letters to the Revolution project.

Listen to "The Unenhanced: What Has Happened to Those Deemed 'Unfit'" and "Adaptation and Variation: The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory," at the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge in Basel, Switzerland, June 6, 2015.

Read Kenny Fries's poem "To the Poet Whose Lover Has Died of AIDS" at The Good Men Project.

Rebecca Maskos's interview with Kenny Fries that originally appeared in German in Mondkalb has been translated into English and can read at Lambda Literary.

On July 10, 2015, 19:30, Kenny Fries reads at the Schwules Museum in Berlin with Katerina Kolarova.

On May 16, 2015, Kenny Fries leads "Beginnings," a one-day memoir workshop for The Reader Berlin.

Read Kenny Fries's poem "Body Language" at The Good Men Project.

Listen to the world premiere of Michael Djupstrom's setting of "In bed together," from The Healing Notebooks.

Read Kenny Fries's poem "Full Moon, White Sands" at The Good Men Project.

Read Kenny Fries's poem "An Opening" at The Good Men Project.

Kenny Fries reads and talks with Ute Kalendar at Salon4 in Berlin.

Read Kenny Fries's poem "The Canoe Ride" at The Good Men Project.

Kenny Fries and Quintan Ana Wikswo talk about their work in Berlin on Creative Capital's blog.

Kenny Fries presented In the Province of the Gods at the 2013 Creative Capital Retreat. View it here.

Kenny Fries receives a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) research grant to work on a new book. He will be spending the fall 2013 in Berlin.

"The Memory Stone," a chamber opera, composer Marty Regan, librettist Kenny Fries, director Matthew Ozawa, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, premiered at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston on April 9, 2013. Read a review of the opera and an interview with Marty Regan and Kenny Fries.

Kenny Fries receives 2012 Disability Arts Travel Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Read Kenny Fries's essay about Adrienne Rich from The Progressive here.

Kenny Fries's work included in Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, named a 2012 American Library Association Notable Book.

Kenny Fries receives 2012 Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve grant.

Kenny Fries receives grant from the Toronto Arts Council.

Kenny Fries receives 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature.

Listen to Kenny Fries's "Live from Prairie Lights" reading.

Read The Progressive's review of Kenny Fries's new book here.

The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory wins the 2007 Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.

Read The Disability History Association's review of Kenny Fries's new book here.

Read In These Times's review here.

Read Kenny Fries's Op-Ed, "Running Outside of His Lane", in The Washington Post.

Listen to WFCR's Bob Paquette interview Kenny Fries on his new book here.

New Praise for The History of My Shoes

"An irresistible title; I did not resist. I read this book with great pleasure, delighted by the unexpected yet perfectly apt conjunctions, by the grace and economy with which the episodes from Darwin's life and key concepts of his work are transposed into a "natural history" of the self with a poet's sense of the telling detail." —Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Servants of the Map

"An unusual historian, Fries wears the story of his life on his feet in specially constructed orthopedic shoes ... In Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace, Fries recognizes a pair of intellectual adventurers whose research "now in isolation, now in concert, now in conflict" illuminates his own quest to adapt to an ever-shifting environment ... " — Booklist


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