Poet and memoirist Kenny Fries, reading from his just-published memoir, In the Province of the Gods.
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 buoh, 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. https://www.kennyfries.com/bio/
Monday, October 16 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
White Gravenor, 201-A Georgetown University