October 23, 2012
October 23-28, 2012
Kenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, as well as Body, Remember: A Memoir, as well as the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. His books of poems include Anesthesia and Desert Walking. He has been a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts, a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, and received a grant in innovative literature from Creative Capital, as well as grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and at the Ontario College for Art and Design University.
The History of My Shoes: Darwin, Adaptation, Disability, and Difference
Tuesday, October 23
12pm – 1:15pm
Kenny Fries will read a section from History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory that pertains to experience with doctors which, according to Kenny, usually brings up the issues of expectations of the medical profession, as well as the truer, actual definition of "survival of the fittest." This talk will address how what we expect in a medical setting can be reframed in the context of a truer understanding of what disability actually entails
The talk is co-sponsored with the Program in Medical Humanities in partnership with the Disability Studies Collaborative.
How I Learned to Drive: The Education of a Gay Disabled Writer
Tuesday, October 23
Highland Commons B116
5pm – 6:30pm
Kenny Fries will read sections from his books and poems that deal with reframing disability in a sexuality context. He will facilitate a discussion on the difficulty of living up to two opposing stereotypes: the over-sexualized gay person and the desexualized disabled person.
This talk is co-sponsored by UA Pride Alliance in partnership with the Disability Studies Collaborative.
Writing A Body's Life: An Introduction to Writing Memoirs of the Body
Wednesday, October 23, 6-9pm, Picacho Room, SUMC
Friday, October 26, 6-9pm, Santa Cruz Room, SUMC
Saturday, October 27, 12-3pm, Santa Cruz Room, SUMC
Sunday, October 28, Santa Cruz Room, SUMC
A four-part workshop with Kenny Fries in which participants will write toward the beginning of a short body-based memoir. Among topics to be discussed will be point of view, voice, developing the narrator, developing other characters in the memoir, and social/cultural context. We will also look at examples from published memoirs about the body. Participants should be ready to write and discuss their writing, as well as the writing of other participants during each session. This event is by invitation only. Please contact Amanda Kraus (email@example.com) with questions about participation.
Book Reading and Signing
Thursday, October 25
Kenny Fries will read from his memoirs and poems. He will facilitate a question and answer period and engage with audience members.
Interpeting available upon request.
With questions, please contact Dr. Amanda Kraus via email or phone (520) 626-0940.