MFAW-VT faculty member Kenny Fries‘s memoir, In the Province of the Gods, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Fall 2017.

Mira Bartok, author of The Memory Palace, winner of  the National Book Critics Circle Award and  a New York Times bestseller says, “Kenny Fries’s In the Province of the Gods, deeply moving and exquisitely written, is about many things—cultural and physical difference, sexuality, love, loss, mortality and the ephemeral nature of beauty and art. It is also a love letter to Japan, a country that embraced the author at a time when he needed acceptance the most. But perhaps most importantly, In the Province of the Gods is that rare kind of book that offers us a profound sense of what it means to be truly alive.”

The book has been supported by the Creative Capital grant in innovative literature; the Creative Arts Fellowship of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; a Fulbright to Japan; grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council; and residencies at the Leighton Arts Studios at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Ledig House International Writers Residency, Fondation Ledig Rowahlt/Chateau de Lavigny, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.