Clark College Writers Series: Kenny Fries

Since 1988, the Clark College Columbia Writers Series has brought local, national, and international authors to its Vancouver campus, showcasing writers such as Ursula Le Guin, Donald Justice, Sherman Alexie, Marvin Bell, William Stafford, Jamaica Kincaid, Roy Blount Jr., Gerald Stern, Carolyn Forchè, Diane Wakoski, Monica Drake and retired Clark faculty member Larry Weirather.

The 2017-2018 Columbia Writers Series kicks off with Kenny Fries, best known for his memoir “Body, Remember: A Memoir,” which recounts his experiences as a disabled child growing up in an abusive Orthodox Jewish home and slowly coming to terms with his identity as a gay, disabled man. He has written two other memoirs, “In the Province of the Gods” and “The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory”—this last the winner of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He is the editor of “Staring Back:  The Disability Experience from the Inside Out” and the author of the libretto for “The Memory Stone,” an opera commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. His books of poems include “Anesthesia,” “Desert Walking,” and “In the Gardens of Japan.” He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College.

Fries will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in room PUB 258A on Clark’s main campus at 1943 Vancouver Way. The event is free and open to the public. Directions and maps are available online. More Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at Other speakers include:

  • Oct. 30: Aimee Bender, author of “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” and “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”
  • Feb. 15, 2018: Cheston Knapp, editor of Tin House magazine and author of “Up Up, Down Down,” which will appear in Feb. 2018
  • May 14, 2018: Roger Reeves, Pushcart Prize-winning poet
  • May 17, 2018: Kate Berube, children’s book author and illustrator

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