Kenny Fries

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Kenny Fries ist Autor von In the Province of the Gods (Literaturpreis Creative Capital), The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights) und Body, Remember: A Memoir. Er ist Herausgeber von Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out und wurde von der Houston Grand Opera beauftragt, das E-Libretto für The Memory Stone zu schreiben. Zu seinen Gedichtbänden gehören Anesthesia, Desert Walking und In the Gardens of Japan. Seine Werke erschienen in der New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Kyoto Journal und vielen anderen Publikationen. Er entwickelte den Fries Test für die Darstellung von Behinderungen in unserer Kultur. Kenny ist Stipendiat des Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts and Literary Arts Fellowship und erhielt das Creative Arts Fellowship von der Japan-U.S.-Friendship Commission und des National Endowment for the Arts. Er war zweimal Fulbright-Stipendiat (Japan und Deutschland) und erhielt Stipendien des DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), des Canada Council for the Arts, des Ontario Arts Council und des Toronto Arts Council.
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Kenny Fries – Audio + text “How Disability Can Save Your Life” is written in a hybrid form, between poem and essay, a collage also including a brief passage from my book In the Province of the Gods, as well as references to other related history, including the killing of the disabled in the Nazi Aktion T4 program. Though I wrote the piece in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and, on the surface, it is about the uncertainty and danger of these times, it is also about misunderstandings of what constitutes a disabled life, misunderstandings that are a pandemic of its own. In the piece, the current terrorizing circle of danger and fear is interrupted by what I have always known: when disability is placed at the center of events, where it belongs, it provides the lens through which much of our society’s ills can be clearly seen and, thus, changed. This is evidenced not only by our now de rigueur daily lives filled with experiences those of us with disabilities have long considered ordinary but also by groups such as the Disability Justice Social Club in Oakland, California, who espouse self-advocacy and mutual aid. It is this seemingly topsy-turvy world we now know all too well that is what the Nonsenselessness exhibit addresses. I dedicate “How Disability Can Save Our Lives” to Stacey Park, DJSC disability activist, who died of non-COVID-related causes on May 19, her 33rd birthday.  “How Disability Can Save Your Life” ist eine Mischform zwischen Gedicht und Es