Kenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and Body, Remember: A Memoir. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. His books of poems include Anesthesia: Poems and Desert Walking: Poems. He has been a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts, a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, and received a grant in innovative literature from Creative Capital for his new book Genkan: Entries into Japan. He teaches in the MFA in the Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.