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Kenny Fries | In the Province of the Gods

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

Kenny Fries is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoesand the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and is the recipient of a prestigious Creative Capital grant.

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WorldOregon
1207 SW Broadway Hatfield Room, Third Floor
Portland,OR97205United States
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503-306-5252