Fellows Notes is a monthly listing of the latest news from awardees in our Artist Fellowships Program.
Many superb poets, including numerous past Artist Fellows and Finalists, are taking part in the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem (5/5-5/6). Duy Doan and Carl Phillips are among headliners, and January Gill O’Neil is the event’s executive director. Other presenters include Kathleen Aguero, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Carrie Bennett, Ben Berman, Simeon Berry, Charles Coe, Steven Cramer, Erica Funkhouser, Regie Gibson, Holly Guran, James Haug, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Richard Hoffman, Kirun Kapur, Joy Ladin, Danielle Legros Georges, Frannie Lindsay, Jill McDonough, J.D. Scrimgeour, Sarah Sousa, Catherine Stearns, Jacob Strautmann, Daniel Tobin, Ellen Dore Watson, and Dara Wier.
Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, William Donnelly, Patrick Gabridge, Bill Lattanzi, Melinda Lopez, and Cassie M. Seinuk are among the 50 New England playwrights with short plays in the Boston Theater Marathon at the Boston Center for the Arts (5/6, beginning at noon).
Christine Collins has a solo exhibition, Oil/Cloth, at Gallery Kayafas (thru 6/2, receptions 5/4 and 6/1, 5:30-8 PM; gallery conversation with Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs MFA Boston 5/24, 5:30 PM).
James Dye, who won the Sally Bishop Prize at the 2017 ArtsWorcester Biennial, has a solo exhibition, Exploring the Myths of James Dye, at the Worcester Art Museum (thru 9/2). Watch a video interview with the artist.
Congratulations to Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, named the winner of The American Prize in Composition, 2017-18, in the vocal chamber music (professional) division, for his composition entitled Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande).
Kevin Harvey‘s play Albert was published in Brilliant Flame! Amiri Baraka: Poems, Plays, Politics for the People by Third World Press. The playwright is working with The Sprinkler Factory, a gallery/performance center in Worcester, to produce the play.
Sarah Malakoff is among the artists in Lived Space: Humans and Architecture at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (thru 9/30). Her solo exhibition Personal History is exhibiting at Howard Yezerski Gallery (thru 5/22).
Julie Mallozzi‘s documentary film Circle Up will be showing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (5/9-5/13), including a special event 5/12, 3 PM that includes a discussion with the director and the film’s subjects.
Adam Mazo‘s documentary film Dawnland (co-directed with Ben Pender-Cudlip) screens this month at UMass-Boston (5/4, 2 PM) and Seattle International Film Festival (West Coast Premiere, 5/26). Dawnland will be in the 2018-19 season of Independent Lens on PBS.
Caitlin McCarthy‘s screenplay Wonder Drug won the Richmond International Film & Music Festival‘s Grand Jury Award for 2018 Best Feature Screenplay. She has an essay in the upcoming anthology Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed This Lives, to be published in June.
Gary Metras has been selected by Easthampton City Arts as the inaugural Poet Laureate for the city of Easthampton, MA. An Induction Ceremony took place at White Square Books on April 14 with Mayor Nicole LaChapelle reading the official Proclamation.
Richard Michelson will sign copies of his books at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival (5/5).
Rachel Perry is the commencement speaker and will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at Montserrat College of Art this month. The day prior to commencement, she will present a free, public lecture on her work and career at the Cabot Performing Arts Center, (5/17, 6:30 PM), followed by a reception at Montserrat College of Art Galleries, where her work will be on view. The lecture is free, but registration is required.
Congratulations to Karen Skolfield, selected as the 2018 recipient of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. The prize, a collaboration between Barnard College of Columbia University and W.W. Norton & Company, includes the publication of her winning poetry collection Battle Dress, in addition to a $1,500 prize and a reading at Barnard College upon the book’s release.
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz has work in Lived Space: Humans and Architecture at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (thru 9/30).. Her work was mentioned and pictured in a Boston Globe article about the exhibition.
Naoe Suzuki is in the group exhibition Wake, exploring the power of water to sustain and destroy life, at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City (thru 6/15). She will participate in the discussion “All About Water” (5/20, 1:30-3 PM).
Azadeh Tajpour‘s documentary film Gazing Through a Lens: Ali Khan Documents Nineteenth Century Iran screens at the MIT Libraries Documentation Center (5/18, 12 PM).
Joyce Van Dyke‘s play The Women Who Mapped the Stars is performed by The Nora Theatre Company (in partnership with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT) at Central Square Theatre (thru 5/20). Read a review in WBUR’s The ARTery.
Image: Nona Hershey (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow ’04, Finalist ’18, SIGNALS 2 (2015), watercolor, gouache, 27×35 in.