Installation artist Jinnie Seo taking a break from her work in Nef Studio.
To read descriptions of projects that recent MacDowell Fellows worked on during their residencies, scroll through the list below.
Larry Bowne, Manhattan, KS, worked on Chthonic Mappings, a suite of drawings merging hand- and computer-generated images that explores divergent interior topographies. He also administered the construction of two projects: an advertising agency in New York City and a renovation and addition to a weekend house on Long Island.
Mark Foster Gage, New York, NY, completed the first draft of his book on aesthetic theory, to be published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press. The work of his New York firm, Gage/Clemenceau Architects, was recently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, and several international galleries.
Richard Griswold, Boston, MA, explored architectural space in a series of 50 watercolor sketches. He also began translating his beginning undergraduate lecture course, Design Principles, into a written narrative.
Philipp Hoppe, Cologne, Germany, worked on his theoretical Cubic Cloud project. He will be a visiting scholar with the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University until 2009 thanks to a research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Dennis Maher, Buffalo, NY, continued his recent investigations of the undone and redone city. He also worked on an article and a forthcoming manuscript of assembled city fragments, as well as a series of assemblages and photo collages of reorganized urban remains.
Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on a survey of past work to be formalized in a publication about diverse artistic activity related to the discipline of architecture. He also continued work on a fictitious architectural and urban history of Neutral City, Kansas, and a theoretical pamphlet on alternate histories of Western architecture.
William O’Brien, Jr., Austin, TX, developed two essays concerning methods of formation in contemporary architecture.
David Pressgrove, Biloxi, MS, developed models of incremental building as an architectural strategy to alleviate extreme mortgage debt in commonly underserved populations. He also further examined the abstract possibilities of conventional construction in affordable housing.
David Shanks, Cambridge, MA, continued research for his Master’s of Architecture thesis at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, which involved examining the events and politics of the 1969 trial of the Chicago Seven with respect to the trial’s setting: Mies van der Rohe’s Federal Center Courthouse.
Jason Van Nest, New York, NY, continued work on the changing ideas of beauty in Western architectural history. He also worked on a parametric design program, which will be used to clad a series of houses in the Northeast in the coming years.
Michael Attias, New York, NY, developed a new daily harmonic practice for the saxophone, completed two new pieces for his quartet, and recorded and composed sounds and music for Theater for a New Audience’s production of Edward Bond’s Chair.
Wendy Bartley, Toronto, Canada, focused on a new composition for choir, which was performed in August of 2008 at the Sound Travels festival. In addition, she made a series of vocal improvisational recordings to be used in future compositions.
Nathan Currier, Greenwood, VA, worked on a composition for string quartet and spoken voice for the group Ethel. His work Possum Wakes from Playing Dead for cello and harp, commissioned by the Berlin hilharmonic, premiered in September of 2008.
Sebastian Currier, New York, NY, worked with video artist Pawel Wojtasik on a multimedia piece for string quartet, prerecorded samples, and video that will open at MAS MoCA in 2009.
Corey Dargel, Brooklyn, NY, composed Thirteen Near-Death Experiences, an art-pop song cycle for the Chicago-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), for premiere in the spring of 2009. His second solo album, Other People’s Love Songs, was released by New Amsterdam Records in November of 2008.
Patricio da Silva, Los Angeles, CA, wrote three orchestral pieces for the Berkeley Symphony, which premiered them in the fall of 2008. He also worked on a new piano piece and a work for two tuba soloists and five trombones with percussion for an upcoming CD.
Maggie Dubris, New York, NY, worked with Lisa Gutkin on songs exploring the barrier that forms between people. She also finished the first draft of a novel titled Collide-O-Scope, and organized a nonfiction book.
Dave Eggar, New York, NY, completed a set of seven Transcendental Études for cello exploring extended techniques, jazz improvisation, spectral textures, and looping techniques, which premiered in New York in 2008. He also began work on a new opera and a set of piano works.
Brian Folkins-Amador, Cambridge, MA, completed the bulk of seven movements of his upcoming suite, Sabor y Memoria: A Musical Feast in Seven Courses, for Latin ensemble and string quartet. The suite will be performed by Sol y Canto and Cuarteto Latinoamericano in 2010.
Julia Frodahl, Brooklyn, NY, began work on an album of songs dedicated to the Earth, which will be arranged and recorded in New York with her musical ensemble, Edison Woods. This album will be released internationally by Cotton Wool Music in late 2009.
Alexandra Gardner, Washington, D.C., completed a new work for orchestra entitled Banyan, and began a composition for cello and electronics to be premiered at The Flea Theater’s Music With a View series in New York.
Lisa Gutkin, New York, NY, wrote songs with Maggie Dubris and a piece for solo violin with digital delay.
Joel Harrison, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a five-movement suite for piano, clarinet, cello, and percussion. He also finished a marimba duo, wrote a song, and made headway on his first orchestral piece.
Michael Johanson, Portland, OR, completed a work for full chorus entitled Earth Dweller, a setting of a poem by William Stafford to be performed in the fall of 2009 by the Lewis Clark College Cappella Nova.
Adrienne Jones, Willimantic, CT, continued work on a collection of songs for a healing-themed CD to be released by her trio, Mad Agnes.
Susan Kander, New York, NY, completed the first act of a libretto for an opera about William Carlos Williams and poetry in America. Her CD Five Movements for My Father was released in 2008. Miranda’s Waltz, a commission by the National Symphony Orchestra, premiered in May of 2009 at The Kennedy Center.
Suk-Jun Kim, Gainesville, FL, continued work on two new electro-acoustic compositions. His work Welcome to Hasla! won first prize at Metamorphoses Biennale Acousmatic Composition Competition in Belgium in 2008.
Michael Klingbeil, New Haven, CT, worked on Subterrain for solo clarinet, strings, and live electronics, which was premiered by the Argento Chamber Ensemble at Symphony Space in New York.
Tom Lopez, Oberlin, OH, completed three musical compositions: The Death of the Moth for chamber orchestra and electronics, a solo piano piece, and Immaculata Erotica for ensemble and electronics.
Zibuokle Martinaityte, San Francisco, CA, continued to work on an orchestral piece about the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, which was commissioned by European Capital of Culture. The piece will be premiered in September of 2009 by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.
Martha Mooke, Nyack, NY, composed In the Space Between for electro-acoustic string quartet, which was created for the group Ethel and is dedicated to the “Mountain That Stands Alone.”
Paul Moravec, New York, NY, completed Brandenburg Gate, a commissioned work premiered by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in October of 2008. He also did editing work on The Letter, an opera commissioned by Santa Fe Opera for premiere in July of 2009.
Diane Moser, Montclair, NJ, composed music based on birdsongs for an upcoming recording on CIMP recordswith bassist Mark Dresser.
Billy Newman, Brooklyn, NY, composed eight choros (a Brazilian genre of instrumental music). He also completed two jazz waltzes and two polyrhythmic compositions for jazz ensemble.
Jonathan Newman, New York, NY, worked on an opera based on the 1962 cult horror film Carnival of Souls. He recently completed Symphony No. 1 for large wind ensemble, and both his flute Concerting and My Hands Are a City have been recorded for release on the Naxos label.
Andrew Norman, New Haven, CT, completed an orchestral work for the Tanhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and began another work for the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Seung-Ah Oh, Oberlin, OH, worked on two pieces to be premiered in 2009: JungGa, a concerto for oboe/musette and chamber ensemble; and Fragments, a quartet for electric guitar, saxophone, piano, and percussion.
Bobby Previte, New York, NY, wrote new music for a quintet record, Pan Atlantic; began Terminals, a series of nine concertos for percussion ensemble and soloist; recorded two new solo records (one for solo piano and one for pipe organ); and continued working with Andrea Kleine on their sci-fi graphic novel/screenplay, Doom Jazz.
Bert Seager, Boston MA, composed seven new songs for jazz piano trio. His recently released trio CD, Near and Far (Invisible Music, 2008), includes five original pieces composed at MacDowell in 2007.
Jen Shyu, New York, NY, composed new songs for her Jade Tongue solo project, which she will sing and accompany herself with piano, dance, moon guitar, or er hu for performances in 2009. The songs are based on Taiwanese folk and aboriginal music or set to Brazilian poet Patrícia Magalhães’ poetry or Shyu’s own lyrics.
Alvin Singleton, Atlanta, GA, worked on a composition for chamber orchestra, tenor solo, and chorus commissioned for the Prison Ships Martyrs Monument 2008 centennial celebration and rededication in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Jeff Stanek, Madison, WI, wrote a substantial section of a new orchestra piece, The Harp of Melody. He was recently the AS CAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Fellow at Tanglewood.
Aleksei Stevens, Brooklyn, NY, composed five pieces, including two short piano works; Thaw, a four-channel sound installation using sounds recorded at MacDowell; Slipstream for flute and electronics; and Pop for his ensemble Rusty Limited Company.
George Tsontakis, Shokan, NY, worked on a duo for cello and piano as well as a chamber work to commemorate the reopening of Alice Tully Hall, both of which were commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Meira Warshauer, Columbia, SC, continued work on Tekiyah (working title) for shofar/trombone and orchestra, which was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras including the University of South Carolina Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, and Wilmington (NC) Symphony. Premiere performances are planned for the fall of 2009.
Peter Wyer, Brighton, England, wrote the libretto and partial score for an opera based on TV advertising entitled You Must Have This. The work was performed (as a work-in-progress) at London’s Tête à Tête Opera Festival in August of 2008.
Sueyoung Yoo, Daegu, Korea, worked on her first CD project featuring jazz arrangements of Korean traditional folk music. Her previous arrangement Jindo Arirang was performed by the Matt Sawyer Orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 2006.
Natalia Almada, Mexico, completed El General, a documentary film inspired by audiotapes about her great- grandfather, El General Plutarco Elias Calles, a general in the Mexican revolution who became president in 1924. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V.
Michael Almereyda, New York, NY, worked on a screenplay about experimental psychologist Stanley Milgram. His most recent movie, Paradise, screened in the Film Comment Selects series at Lincoln Center.
Anna Boden, Brooklyn, NY, began writing a new screenplay with her collaborator, Ryan Fleck. She was nominated for a 2009 Spirit Award in the category of Best Screenplay for the script Sugar, which she and Fleck worked on during their 2006 MacDowell residency. Sugar was theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics in April of 2009.
Jerome Bongiorno, Newark, NJ, worked in collaboration with his wife, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, on the final draft of a screenplay based on their award-winning documentary, Revolution ’67, which was broadcast nationally on PBS’s P.O.V. in 2007. The Bongiornos also worked on their screenplay Watermark, set in post-Katrina New Orleans and Venice, Italy.
Bill Brown, Madison, WI, worked on writing a documentary about 9/11 memorials. His travelzine, Dream Whip, was recently included in the collection An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators, and Designers (How, 2008).
L.M. Kit Carson, Venice, CA, prepared for the production of a documentary series titled Africa Diary, a digital diary of reports on Africa that will launch on The Sundance Channel in the fall of 2009.
Katy Chevigny, Brooklyn, NY, researched a new documentary film that she will direct in 2009. Her film Election Day was broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. in 2008, and will be released on DVD by Docurama in 2009.
Jem Cohen, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a film about New York’s 42nd Street/Times Square area using footage shot over the last 20 years. He also worked on his first show of still photography. His feature film Chain premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
Jo Dery, Providence, RI, worked on an experimental animation and completed a book of drawn stories that was recently published by Little Otsu. She received funding for her animation project from the LEF Foundation and the Free History Project’s Sarah Jacobson Grant.
Louise Despont, New York, NY, worked on a new stop-motion film using an overhead projector and burnt transparencies. She also completed two large-scale drawings. Her first solo show, The Plant Life of Saints, took place at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in April of 2008. Her work will be included in The New Museum’s publication, Younger Than Jesus.
Rodney Evans, Brooklyn, NY, completed a third draft of his feature-length screenplay Day Dream, and prepared for a full staged reading of the script with 11 actors and a live jazz quartet. He also continued to research development, funding, and casting for the film. Production is slated to begin in 2009.
Ryan Fleck, Brooklyn, NY, worked with partner Anna Boden on a new original screenplay.
Corrie Francis, Lake Tahoe, CA, completed storyboards and layout drawings for an animated short film, based on the prose piece Faces by Rainer Maria Rilke. Her recent films have been screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Animadrid, and AnimaMundi.
Sam Green, San Francisco, CA, spent two weeks editing a feature-length documentary, The Universal Language, a meditation on the state of the utopian impulse at the beginning of the 21st century. The film will be completed by the end of 2010.
Jim Hubbard, New York, NY, completed editing four sections of his feature-length documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. The film explores the historic contribution of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, which used innovative strategies to impact the AIDS crisis in the United States. An earlier excerpt from the film screened at MoMA in New York in 2006.
Immy Humes, New York, NY, began a new film about Don Quixote, taking off from an unfinished 1961 Beat film, Don Peyote. Her feature documentary, Doc — about her late father, novelist, and Paris Review cofounder HL “Doc” Humes — aired nationally on PBS in January of 2009.
Peter Hutton, Tivoli, NV, edited a 16-millimeter film titled Berlin/Leningrad/Moscow 1980. An 18-film retrospective of his work was presented at MoMA in New York in 2008.
Arthur Jones, Brooklyn, NY, worked on an animated short and made an illustrated slideshow for his project The Post-It Note Reading Series, which was performed in Chicago and New York City in April of 2009. He also completed a painting for The Exquisite Corpse Book (Chronicle Books, 2010) and an essay for the anthology Cassette from My Ex (St. Martin’s Press, 2009).
Jennie Livingston, Brooklyn, NY, created tests for animation about different conceptions of the afterlife, to be included in her nonfiction feature Earth Camp One. Her short film Who’s the Top?, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2005, recently won an award in Prague and is currently on tour with the Cinekink Film Festival’s Best of Cinekink.
Joshua Marston, New York, NY, worked on a new narrative film about blood feuds in northern Albania, for which he received a grant from the Cinereach Foundation. His short film contribution to New York, I Love You will be released theatrically in the summer of 2009.
Lorelei Pepi, Providence, RI, continued work on Happy & Gay, an animation film to be released in 2009. Sydney Sidner, New York, NY, completed a significant revision of her feature-length screenplay Adelaide, which she plans to direct.Sydney Sidner
, New York, NY, completed a significant revision of her feature-length screenplay Adelaide
, which she plans to direct.
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Newark, NJ, working in collaboration with her filmmaker husband, Jerome Bongiorno, completed a final draft of a screenplay based on their award-winning documentary film, Revolution ’67, which was broadcast nationally on PBS’s P.O.V. in 2007. The Bongiornos also worked on their screenplay Watermark, set in post-Katrina New Orleans and Venice, Italy.
Kevin Augustine, Brooklyn, NY, researched and began sculptural and script work on two new projects dealing with warfare and its human cost, beginning with the Civil War through 21st-century armed conflicts.
Anthony Barilla, Pristina, Kosovo, collaborated with playwright Jason Nodler on the stage adaptations of work by rock-and-roll artists Herman Brood, Daniel Johnston, and Charles Thompson. The resulting two pieces (tentatively titled True Grief and Bluefinger) will be produced in 2009 and 2010.
Peter Burr, Portland, OR, developed a 36-color looping marker animation called Dudlip and organized an upcoming DVD compilation of contemporary animated videos entitled Cartune Xprez 2008. He also organized a three-month American tour for the coming fall, finished an animation entitled Gylden Load, and began developing a pop-up book entitled Realer.
Ryder Cooley, Chatham, NY, illustrated her ongoing multimedia performance, Animalia: Stories of Collapse, Calamity and Departure. The illustrations will be rendered as an animation and artist book. The performance was presented in March of 2009.
Wes Heiss, Allentown, PA, performed a series of levitation experiments that resulted in a new body of work, and completed a script for a video piece that will be shot in the summer of 2009. His installation Under Contract opened at ArtSpace in Connecticut in 2008.
Andrea Kleine, New York, NY, worked on her second novel, Throttle; a performance piece, Worktape 1999; and Doom Jazz, a collaboration with composer Bobby Previte. Her previous piece with Previte, The Separation, premiered at the Walker Art Center in 2007.
Heidi Kumao, Ann Arbor, MI, worked on Timed Release, a series of intimate video sculptures about people who survive physical confinement. Her Creative Capital project, Misbehaving: Performative Media Machines Act Out, premiered in 2008.
Julie Lequin, Los Angeles, CA, completed the filming of her new video project, Car Talk. Her work was included
in a group exhibition and presented as a solo project at Art in General in New York in the fall of 2008.
Robin Mandel, Providence, RI, began a series of kinetic sculptures based on persistence-of-vision, still-life painting, and early cinema.
Jason Nodler, Houston, TX, created True Grief, a stage adaptation of the words and songs of Daniel Johnston, which will premiere at The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston in 2009. He also made revisions to his musical play Speeding Motorcycle, which is tentatively set for a New York run in 2010. In addition, he began work, in collaboration with Anthony Barilla and Charles Thompson, on a new rock opera entitled Bluefinger, which will premiere in Houston in 2010.
Philip Ross, San Francisco, CA, worked on drawings for a project that will involve him growing a building into being using organic materials. He also did research for a show he is curating that will take place at Trinity College’s Museum of Science in the spring of 2010.
Elizabeth Tubergen, New York, NY, created a series of objects and experimented with choreography to be used in an upcoming short video. The video was screened at the public library in Providence in the fall of 2008.
Cathy Weis, New York, NY, developed a hieroglyphic language to notate movement in space by a performer with wheeled screen and projected image. She also began work for a 2009 show at The Experimental Media and Performing Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Joe Winter, Long Island City, NY, worked on a new sculpture, Xerox Astronomy, which was exhibited at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in September of 2008. He exhibited new works at the Urbis Center, Manchester, UK, in the spring of 2009.
Caroline Woolard, Brooklyn, NY, built a shed inspired by Shaker extremism. Parts of this living set were incorporated in her collaboration with Linda Austin at the Watermill Center in March of 2009.
Liz Duffy Adams, New York, NY, completed a new draft of a pirate musical (book and lyrics) commissioned by the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis that is scheduled for their 2010–2011 season. She also completed a draft of a screenplay called Leap. Her alt-rock musical, The Listener of Junk City, won the 2008 Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award and received a concert presentation in Weston, Vermont.
Sara Asselin, Brooklyn, NY, wrote a full-length play called A Bad Star, inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Her play The Rise and Fall of Miles and Milo won the Outstanding Playwright Award at the 2007 Fringe Festival in New York. Her play Weimarhole premiered in November of 2008 at New York’s Emerging Artists Theatre.
Brooke Berman, New York, NY, adapted her awardwinning short All Saints Day into a feature-length screenplay. She also compiled a final rehearsal draft of her play A Perfect Couple, which opened in New York in June of 2008. Her play Hunting & Gathering ran off-Broadway in 2008.
Kenneth Collins, New York, NY, continued work on his play American Kamikaze, which combines Japanese ghost stories with the unique theatrical language of his performance group, Temporary Distortion. The play will premiere in the U.S. at P.S. 122 in the fall of 2009, and in Europe at Paris’s Creteil Maison des Arts in the spring of 2010.
Kara Lee Corthron, New York, NY, continued working on her Hurricane Katrina play and began a first draft of a play about black ex-pats in Iceland. She is the recipient of a 2009 20/20 New Play Commission from InterAct Theatre, the 2008 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and a residency at Skriduklaustur Arts Center in Egilsstaðir, Iceland.
Gordon Dahlquist, New York, NY, completed the first act of Velázquez, a new play. His play Venice Saved: A Seminar — a collaboration with director David Levine — was presented at P.S. 122 in March of 2009. His second novel, The Dark Volume, will be published in 2009 by Random House.
Emily DeVoti, Brooklyn, NY, began a new play, Seven-Card, about dames who play poker. Her play Milk is in ongoing development with New Georges Theater Company in New York. Her essay, “When You Are Locked in the Trunk of a ’69 Bonneville,” created at MacDowell for a storytelling evening in Colony Hall, was published in the January, 2009 issue of The Brooklyn Rail.
Kevin Doyle, Brooklyn, NY, revised his play W.M.D. (just the low points) prior to its world premiere in March of 2009 at the Vooruit Arts Center in Ghent, Belgium. He also completed a draft of a new play Behind the Bullseye, which is scheduled to premiere at New York’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater in 2009.
Samantha Ellis, London, England, mapped out her play Eating My Heart Out for Iraq, about Gertrude Bell, the British mapmaker who made Iraq. She also wrote a draft of a play titled Cling to Me Like Ivy, commissioned by the Birmingham Rep Theatre. Her work has been performed at England's Hampstead Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Theatre 503, and Arcola Theatre.
Kermit Frazier, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on two new plays: Firepower and Modern Minstrelsy. His play Smoldering Fires was published by Dramatic Publishing Company in September of 2008, and his play Kernel of Sanity was produced by Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre in New York in the spring of 2009.
Joseph Goodrich, Point Pleasant, PA, began a new play called Property of the Dead. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and the Edgar Award-winning author of Panic, which — along with Smoke and Mirrors — was published by Samuel French, Inc.
Jennifer Haley, Los Angeles, CA, completed a second draft of her play Breadcrumbs, which will be further developed with actors and a director at PlayPenn in Philadelphia. Her previous play Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom was produced in 2008 at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival and at Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater in New York.
Trish Harnetiaux, Brooklyn, NY, completed a new draft of her play Mr. Bungle and the Incident on LambdaMOO, which takes a look at the first instance of virtual rape that occurred in 1993. The play was presented in May of 2009 as part of the Drilling Company’s Discovery Reading Series. Her play Straight on Til Morning was published by Broadway Play Publishing in 2006.
Cory Hinkle, Minneapolis, MN, completed a new short play for the Red Eye Collective to be produced in 2009. He also started a surreal and darkly comic new play about economics, death, and obsession with American cinema of the 1970s.
Timothy Huang, New York, NY, completed the first act of his full-length musical Death and Lucky, for which he is writing book, music, and lyrics. He also continued work on his song cycle Lines, which premiered at the 2008 New York Musical Theater Festival.
Len Jenkin, New York, NY, worked on a new novel. He also completed one large painting.
John Jesurun, New York, NY, prepared eight plays for two collections of his work to be published by Performing Arts Journal and NoPassport Press. He also began editing a new serialized video piece titled Shadowland.
Stephen Karam, New York, NY, began work on a new play commission for Roundabout Theatre Company, Sons of the Prophet, which will receive a reading in the summer of 2009. He also completed the first draft of a libretto for an original chamber opera titled Dark Sisters, and continued work on a screenplay for Overture Films.
Karinne Keithley, Brooklyn, NY, drafted a new play, Montgomery Park, and Opulence: An Essay in the Form of Building, a textual installation exploring the edges of the conscious sense of self. Her play Do Not Do This Ever Again was presented at Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory series at the Ohio Theater in 2008 and was published in the 53rd State Press anthology, Joyce Cho Plays. Her play-in-progress My Address Is Still Walton received a reading at New York Theater Workshop in October of 2008.
Suzanne Kim Lee, New York, NY, began a new screenplay tentatively titled The Girl in the Tree. Her other screenplay, The Grace of Giants, was a finalist in the writemovies.com contest, a quarterfinalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards, and a finalist for the 2009 Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
Krista Knight, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her play Teen Flush. She also worked on a commission for The American Story Project.
Michael Korie, New York, NY, worked on librettos for new opera commissions from Minnesota Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. His previous opera with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, The Grapes of Wrath, has been released on CD by P.S. Classics. His new musical with composer Scott Frankel and book writer John Weidman, Happiness, opened in the spring of 2009 at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Young Jean Lee, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a new show The Shipment, which premiered at the Wexner Center in Ohio in 2008 and then at The Kitchen in New York in 2009. Her show Church premiered at New York’s P.S.122 in 2007 and was remounted at the Public Theater in January of 2008. Her adaptation of King Lear is slated to open at New York’s Soho Rep in January of 2010.
Cassandra Medley, New York, NY, completed a screenplay; wrote major portions of her new book, Writers Gym; and prepared for an upcoming production of her play Daughter, which is due to open in 2009.
Charlotte Meehan, Sharon, MA, finished a draft of her play 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues, which will premiere at Perishable Theatre in 2010.
Ben Musgrave, London, England, completed a commission for the UK National Theatre Studio, wrote the first draft of his new play Self-Defence for Men, sketched out a play about British politics, and wrote a trial episode for the soap opera Hollyoaks.
Kestutis Nakas, Chicago, IL, completed a solo performance piece entitled No Bees for Bridgeport. He performed another newly written work, Remembrance of Things Pontiac, in April of 2009 at the Prop Theatre in Chicago.
Sibyl O’Malley, Los Angeles, CA, continued work on Oh My Tiger, which will premiere in May of 2009 at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California. She also completed the second episode in an ongoing serial about Michelle Obama, which will premiere at the Manual Archives in Los Angeles.
Kathleen Tolan, Brooklyn, NY, began a play called Chicago Boys.
Ken Urban, Cambridge, MA, completed drafts of two new plays: The Awake and Correspondence. He also revised his play The Private Lives of Eskimos for its Chicago opening at Stage Left in 2009.
Lauren Yee, San Francisco, CA, continued work on two full-length plays: Crevice, a commission for PlayGround; and Samsara, a new work on commercial surrogacy in India developed with Exit Theatre. Both plays will receive staged readings in San Francisco in 2009.
Megan Biddle, New York, NY, focused on a new body of work inspired by the landscape. She also completed time-lapse videos of her salt crystal baths and the formation of cracks.
Suzanne Bocanegra, New York, NY, continued work on a drawing series based on Jan Brueghel the Elder's paintings to be exhibited at Lux in Encinitas, California, in 2009. She also began a series of drawings for a Girl Scout opera.
Ruth Boerefijn, Oakland, CA, made a site-specific piece based on the winter light in and around Alexander Studio, as well as wall pieces based on the sounds and sights absorbed from daily walks through the woods. Her experience at MacDowell informed a ceiling piece she created at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, where she was the resident artist in June of 2008.
Sandra Burns, New Haven, CT, built and completed three installations to be used in photographing MacDowell Fellows.
Jerry Carniglia, Emeryville, CA, completed Excuses for Perfection, a compilation of drawings from studio notebooks made over the past 20 years. A new catalogue of paintings on canvas and paper comprising work from his Worlds on Worlds series was released in January of 2009. His work was featured in concurrent shows in May of 2009 at Smith Andersen Editions and Tercera Gallery in Palo Alto, California.
William Cordova, Miami, FL, focused on a series of projects addressing Peterborough’s history. His work will be shown at Sekkima Jenkins Gallery in New York and Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta in 2009. The photographs and films he shot at MacDowell will be incorporated into a show at the 2009 San Juan Biennial in Puerto Rico.
Nathan Danilowicz, Los Angeles, CA, completed an installation exploring notions of eroticism and mortality.
Blane De St. Croix, Brooklyn, NY, developed projects to be shown in solo exhibitions in 2009 at Brooklyn’s Broken Landscape and Smack Mellon; at Robert Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida; and at Maiden Lane in New York.
Jill Downen, St. Louis, MO, created a site-specific installation titled Line of Joining. This temporal project, sculpted directly onto Cheney Studio’s wall, was focused on a concept of space that merges architecture with the human body.
Ellen Driscoll, Brooklyn, NY, focused on a suite of drawings and hand-drawn accordion books. Her sculptural works Phantom Limb and Revenant were exhibited in Hiroshima, Japan, in 2007.
Jeanne Englert, Port Ewen, NY, forged a new direction by focusing on relief work in plaster and using color for the first time in her professional career. She is now working on developing a new body of work in this medium.
Barbara Ess, Elizaville, NY, made digital prints and tests of recent photographs for an upcoming show. She also shot video and still material for future use.
Lilian Garcia-Roig, Tallahassee, FL, worked on a series of large-scale on-site paintings. She will show these new works, as well as other large-scale paintings she did at MacDowell in 2006, at the Gallery of the Americas in Washington, D.C., and the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida in 2010.
John Grade, Seattle, WA , worked on two installations to be exhibited in Seattle and the United Kingdom. He also completed a series of drawings that were exhibited in May of 2009 at Seattle’s Davidson Galleries.
Lisa Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, worked on paintings to be included in a solo exhibition at Thrust Projects Gallery in New York. A recipient of a 2006 NYFA fellowship in painting, she recently had work reproduced in Art in America. Her work was also included in the National Academy Museum’s 183rd Annual Exhibition in 2008.
Stephen Hendee, Las Vegas, NV, started the development of a new project for traveling exhibition titled The Ice Next Time, to be shown at various venues. He also recorded sound from a new musical instrument of his design for use in future installation projects.
Hilary Irons, Portland, ME, painted a series of landscapes, using abstract forms to frame and offset natural imagery. In 2008, she was the recipient of an Al Held Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She will have a show at Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine, in 2009.
Katarina Jerinic, Brooklyn, NY, began a new group of photo- and text-based pieces modeled on field guides and explanatory displays that examine ways that landscape is organized and explored.
Simen Johan, New York, NY, worked on a new series of images and sculptures entitled Until the Kingdom Comes. The second installment of this series will be exhibited at New York’s Yossi Milo Gallery in 2009.
Wade Kavanaugh, Brooklyn, NY, made 4,000 handshaped sheetrock bricks for his installation Regrade, which opened at Suyama Space in Seattle in September of 2008.
Kathryn Kenworth, Oakland, CA, worked on a temporary site-specific installation titled Uproot in Alexander Studio.
Joel Kyack, Los Angeles, CA, began work on his multimedia installation The Knife Shop. His project The Greater the Goal the Deeper the Hole was exhibited at the 2008 California Biennial at the High Desert Test Sites.
Gwenessa Lam, Vancouver, Canada, continued work on her drawing series Vancouver, which examines notions of place and location. She also created preparatory studies for a drawing installation to be exhibited at Center A in Vancouver in 2008.
Maria Levitsky, Brooklyn, NY, worked on photographing barns and historic mill buildings in the Monadnock region. Some of the images were included in a solo show at Deborah Berke & Partners Gallery in April of 2009. Her work appeared in a group show at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, New York, in December of 2008.
Monica Martinez, Mexico City, Mexico, worked on a modular sculpture installation. S he is the recipient of fellowships from Sculpture Space and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has been awarded a presidential scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Frank Meuschke, Brooklyn, NY, took landscape photographs and made sketches for new work. He also worked on a painting that is part of his latest series, and worked on his digital portfolio and Web site. He had a solo show in 2007 at the Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site, and was the artist-in-residence at Weir Farm in Connecticut in June of 2009.
Katrina Moorhead, Houston TX, started a series of drawings in preparation for her solo exhibition A Darkling Plain at Inman Gallery in Houston. Shortly after her residency at MacDowell she received a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors.
Matthew Northridge, Brooklyn, NY, brought three sculptures toward completion and worked on an ongoing book of visual material. His work was recently featured in the 183rd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum in New York. His work was also included in Art on Paper 2008 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Morgan O’Hara, New York, NY, completed two large-scale drawings on canvas, as well as 80 live transmission drawings and 62 time accounting drawings based on the experience of living at MacDowell.
Geof Oppenheimer, Chicago, IL, considered where his practice will go next in a way that is not a rush for production, but rather an organic evolution of his current body of work.
Karen Ostrom, Brooklyn, NY, slipped unexpectedly into the world of animation during her residency while developing a new photographic installation. She received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2006. Her cycloramic installation, Smoking Gun, was installed at MOCCA in Toronto for the CON TACT Photography Festival in 2007.
Howardena Pindell, New York, NY, worked on three large paintings. She also worked on templates for three-dimensional abstract works on paper. Her work will be exhibited at St. John’s University, Maris College, and the Sandler-Hudson Gallery in Atlanta.
Harriet Salmon, Brooklyn, NY, fabricated and photographed a collection of small objects made of paper, plaster, wood, ceramics, and foam.
Ryan Schroeder, Brooklyn, NY, photographed ephemeral sculptures and created process-based paintings in preparation for a solo exhibition at Gallery Aferro in 2010.
Jinnie Seo, Seoul, Korea, conceived the concept for, and completed construction on, layout plans for her solo exhibition at Mongin Art Center in Seoul in May of 2009. Exploring haptic perception, this site-specific installation directs and contours the body movement of the viewer as she/he physically and spatially encounters and interacts with the installation. She had a solo show at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008.
Erin Shirreff, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on a series of filmed photographs and portraits of sculptures. She will have a solo show at Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York in the fall of 2009.
David Stein, Oakland, CA, began work on a series of pieces in the style of children’s posters. He also completed a video piece, Reading The New York Times Through a Straw.
Kirk Stoller, San Francisco, CA, used white birch as both material and muse for his exploration of how to optically or physically incorporate the ceiling into his sculptural forms. He installed a large sculpture in the Project Space at Swarm Gallery in Oakland, California, in early 2009.
Dan Talbot, Providence, RI, continued working on a series of plein-air and still-life paintings. He also started a large abstract painting and completed many ink drawings.
Renee van der Stelt, Baltimore, MD, completed works on paper related to global cartographic maps. She also worked on conceptualizing ways to assimilate the drawings into sculptural form. Maquettes for larger paper works were generated to be completed in Roswell, New Mexico, where she was recently an artist-in-residence.
Maeung Gyun You, Busan, South Korea, worked on a series of paintings titled The Forest.
Dorothy Albertini, Kingston, NY, wrote first drafts of two new pieces: a long poem and a long tale. The work grew out of a series completed in 2007 called Tales/ Composites/From Nearby, excerpts of which will appear in Tantalum.
Benjamin Anastas, New York, NY, worked on his next novel and completed an article for The New York Times Magazine about televangelist Paula White.
Donald Antrim, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a novel tentatively titled Must I Now Read All of Wittgenstein? He is the author of a memoir, The Afterlife, and three novels: Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist. He will be a 2009 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Elna Baker, New York, NY, completed a first draft of her memoir and first book, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, to be published by Penguin in 2009. She has previously written for Elle and has performed her stories on This American Life and Studio 360.
Rick Barot, Tacoma, WA , wrote poems for his third collection, Particle and Wave. His second poetry collection, Want — which contains poems written during his previous residency at MacDowell — was published in 2008.
Ryan Berg, Jackson Heights, NY, continued work on his manuscript Keap Street: An Accidental Memoir, which chronicles the two years he spent working with LGBTQ youth at a group home in New York City.
Amy Bloom, Durham, CT, finished one short story, polished another, and began a third. Her collection will be published in 2010 by Random House.
Stephen Bloom, Iowa City, IA, completed a nonfiction book about pearls and discovery titled Tears of Mermaids, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. His nonfiction book The Oxford Project (with photographer Peter Feldstein), which reveals secrets and aspirations of a rural American town, was published by Welcome Press in 2008.
Jonathan Blunk, Cortlandt, NY, continued work on the authorized biography of the American poet James Wright, to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He is the co-editor of A Wild Perfection: Wright’s Selected Letters (FS G, 2005).
Chris Bolin, Brooklyn, NY, started a new collection of poems and edited his recently completed manuscript titled Human-Headed.
Amanda Borozinski, Rindge, NH, finished her nonfiction work To Make Our Joy Complete. She also finished two essays and started a novel dealing with the issues of love and forgiveness.
Jane Brox, Brunswick, ME, worked on the final draft of her forthcoming book on the evolution of artificial light, tentatively titled Out of the Dark: How We Changed Light and Light Changed Us. The book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the spring of 2010.
Alan Burdick, Hastings on Hudson, NY, worked on a nonfiction book about the biology and perception of time. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007 and his previous nonfiction book Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005) was a National Book Award finalist.
Susan Butler, Lake Wales, FL, worked on her proposal for, and finished the first chapters of, her next book: Strange Bedfellows: Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Her last book, My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin (Yale 2005), was translated into six languages. Amelia, a movie based on her biography East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart and starring Hilary Swank, will be released in 2009.
Joseph Caldwell, New York, NY, finished his tenth novel, the third book of a trilogy.
Peter Cameron, New York, NY, worked on his sixth novel, tentatively titled The Dark Forest. His novels The Weekend and Andorra were reissued in paperback by Picador in the spring of 2009.
Katie Chase, Iowa City, IA, worked on a long story for her collection-in-progress. Her short fiction piece, “Man and Wife,” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2008 and the 2009 Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Catherine Ciepiela, Amherst, MA, completed translations for a volume of Marina Tsvetaeva’s lyric poems. She recently published a book on Tsvetaeva’s romance with Boris Pasternak titled The Same Solitude (2006), and co-edited, with Honor Moore, The Stray Dog Cabaret (2006), a book of Paul Schmidt’s translations of the Russian modernist poets.
Jan Clausen, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on a new book of poems titled Makeshift Memorial. Her most recent published collections are From a Glass House (IKON , 2007) and If You Like Difficulty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007).
Suzanne Cleary, Peekskill, NY, completed the manuscript for her third book of poetry. Her second collection, Trick Pear, was published in 2007 by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
Dorinda Clifton, Brownsville, OR, completed the first draft of a screenplay, as well as the first rough draft of a novel.
Andrea Codrington, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a draft of her first novel. As a design and visual culture critic, she writes frequently for such publications as The New York Times, Metropolis, I.D., and Cabinet.
Robyn Creswell, New York, NY, worked on a draft of his first novel, The Visitor.
Christina Davis, Boston, MA, worked toward the completion of her second collection of poems, Fixed Stars Govern. She was recently named curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University.
Kerry Dolan, San Francisco, CA, worked on a collection of stories titled Lavender, Fathers, Independence Day; and a novel, The Girls in the Band. She was recently a finalist for the Bakeless Prize.
Brian Evenson, Providence, RI, wrote two stories and started a new novel tentatively titled Handbook for a Future Revolution. His novel Last Days (Underland Press) and new story collection Fugue State (Coffee House Press) will be published in 2009.
L.B. Green, Davidson, NC, completed Night Garden, a full-length poetry collection. She also focused on four essays for her nonfiction manuscript tentatively titled The Light of Winter. Judas Trees North of the House, an elegy for her father that won the Randall Jarrell Award, was published by Harperprints Press in 2003.
Andrew Greer, San Francisco, CA, worked on his fifth work of fiction, a novel entitled Many Worlds. His most recent book, The Story of a Marriage, was published in 2008 and became a best-seller. His previous novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, has been translated into 25 languages.
Gordon Haber, New York, NY, worked on a draft of his novel With Perfect Faith, which is based on the Jewish version of the apocalypse. His previous manuscript, The Guest Is God, a travelogue about Poland, is currently being submitted to publishers.
Alex Halberstadt, Brooklyn, NY, completed a section of a nonfiction book about his family and Russia titled Young Heroes of the Soviet Union, which is forthcoming from Random House.
Otis Haschemeyer, Knoxville, TN, continued work on a novel-in-progress about the first Gulf War, and also explored several newer works, including a short story and several poems. A recent short story of his was included in Best New American Voices 2009, and further work is forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review.
John Haskell, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a new book of essays. His book Out of My Skin (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) was released in March of 2009. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Foundation grant. Adam Haslett, Brooklyn, NY, completed work on a novel to be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
Adam Haslett, Brooklyn, NY, completed work on a novel to be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
David Hellerstein, New York, NY, worked on two books: Keeping Secrets, Telling Tales, a collection of essays to be published by Kent State University Press; and The New Neuropsychiatry, a nonfiction book to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press. His previous books include A Family of Doctors, a memoir of five generations of doctors in his family.
Jane Hirshfield, Mill Valley, CA, worked on new poems. Her most recent collection, After (HarperCollins), was named a Best Book of 2006 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times, and was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize.
Cathy Park Hong, New York, NY, worked on her third collection of poems, tentatively titled The Book of Frontiers. Poems from the collection have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, and Conjunctions.
Cynthia Hogue, Phoenix, AZ, completed her collection of poetry Or Consequence, to be published by Red Hen Press in 2010. She also worked on a book-length series of interview-poems based on interviews with Katrina evacuees titled Under Erasure. Her fifth book of poems was published by Red Hen Press in 2006.
Lewis Hyde, Cambridge, MA, worked on a chapter of his book in defense of an artistic public domain, a “cultural commons.” A 25th-anniversary edition of his book The Gift was reissued by Vintage in 2008.
Nathan Ihara, Brooklyn, NY, worked on his first novel, Feet to the Lame. He writes book reviews and author interviews for LA Weekly.
Tim Johnston, Iowa City, IA, worked on his novel-in progress, The Next Hour. His first novel, Never So Green, was published in 2002 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He is the 2008 fiction winner of the New Letters Writers Awards.
Randlett Jordan, Roxbury, NY, completed Mercy Killings, a novel set in the valley of the east branch of the Delaware River, where New York City destroyed homes and livelihoods for its Pepacton Reservoir.
Rozalia Jovanovic, New York, NY, worked on a collection of short fiction that explores situations in which a narrator is presented with a simple internal incongruity. Her latest fiction has appeared in Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics and Esquire.com.
Roger King, Leverett, MA, wrote a complete rough draft of a new novel with the working title Man Picks Flower.
Perri Klass, New York, NY, completed a draft of a novel set in the New York medical world, and wrote a number of essays about medical practice. Her last novel The Mercy Rule, which was published in July of 2008, appeared on the August Indie Next List.
Joanna Klink, Cambridge, MA, worked on her third book of poems. The Quiet, comprised of crisis lyrics, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2010.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, New York, NY, continued work on her nonfiction book Promise Land, a history of self-help literature from 300 B.C. to the present to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. She also worked on a narrative about her father, who is a self-help writer.
Victor LaValle, Brooklyn, NY, worked on his novel Perish. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, New York, NY, worked on Give It Up, a nonfiction book about the world of stand-up comedy to be published by Random House in 2011. She will continue working on the project as the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
, New York, NY, worked on Give It Up
, a nonfiction book about the world of stand-up comedy to be published by Random House in 2011. She will continue working on the project as the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Wendy Lee, Astoria, NY, worked on completing her second novel about three Chinese-American sisters. Her first novel, Happy Family, was published in 2008 by Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic.
Aharon Levy, Brooklyn, NY, shepherded his first novel, The Autonomous Region of Heaven, toward completion. This work follows the dissolution and reformation of a Russian-Jewish family on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s election.
Sam Lipsyte, New York, NY, worked on a draft of his third novel, to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2010. His second novel, Home Land, was translated into several languages and was recently optioned for film.
Kelly Luce, Woodside, CA, began work on her first novel and completed her collection of short stories set in Japan, an excerpt from which won the 2008 Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation.
Donald Lystra, Ann Arbor, MI, worked on a draft of his second novel tentatively titled Storm, which tells the story of a middle-aged police investigator pursuing a case while dealing with the breakup of his family. His first novel, Satellite Autumn, was accepted for publication by Switchgrass Books of Northern Illinois University Press.
Peter Nathaniel Malae, Santa Clara, CA, worked on a novel and a novella. His story collection, Teach the Free Man, was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lion’s Award and the Glasgow Prize. He has a forthcoming novel and story collection from Grove Press.
Paul Mallamo, Basehor, KS, worked on The Shotgun Stories, a book of short fiction. A story from this volume, “Sign of the Gun,” appeared in the April, 2008 issue of Granta.
Sara Marcus, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her nonfiction book Riot Grrrl, a social history of the punk rock feminist movement. Felt Press will release a chapbook of her poetry in late 2008.
Eleanor Margolies, London, England, worked on 3 Women, a sequence of poems based on interviews, letters, and an imagined trip to Mexico. Her essay on the smells of New York, Vagueness Gridlocked, was published in The Smell Culture Reader (Berg).
Cate Marvin, Staten Island, NY, began work on her third book of poems tentatively titled Willowbrook. Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, was published by Sarabande in 2007.
Joyce Maynard, Mill Valley, CA, started and finished the first drafts of two books: a memoir about her experiences living and running a writing workshop in Guatemala, and a novel that is tentatively titled The Other Side of the Wall. Her most recent book, Internal Combustion, was published in 2006.
Julia Metz, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on her memoir Perfection, to be published by Hyperion in 2009. She also began work on a novel.
Nancy Miller, Washington, CT, worked on a collection of poems about Bermuda, where she was born.
Ben Moorad, Portland, OR, worked on his memoir The Envelope of Suicides. Honor Moore, New York, NY, began a new collection of poems and a new memoir. Paperbacks of her books The Bishop’s Daughter and The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margaret Sargent by Her Granddaughter were released in the spring of 2009, as was her anthology Poems from the Women’s Movement.Honor Moore
, New York, NY, began a new collection of poems and a new memoir. Paperbacks of her books The Bishop’s Daughter
and The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margaret Sargent by Her Granddaughter
were released in the spring of 2009, as was her anthology Poems from the Women’s Movement
David Morris, Portland, OR, worked on his Iraq War memoir titled The Big Suck, portions of which appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. He also finished an essay about the U.S. military torture school called “Empires of the Mind,” which appeared in the Winter, 2009 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.
Joan Nathan, Washington, D.C., worked on the introduction to her book on the food of the Jews of France.
Collier Nogues, Portland, OR, completed the manuscript for her first book of poems, which will be published by Four Way Books in 2011.
D. Nurkse, Brooklyn, NY, worked on new poems. His most recent book, The Border Kingdom, was released by Knopf in August of 2008.
Stephen O’Connor, New York, NY, wrote two short stories, several poems, and a proposal for a nonfiction book on blame.
Karen Olsson, Austin, TX, worked on her novel All the Houses.
Daniel Orozco, Moscow, ID, worked on his first novel.
Julie Orringer, Brooklyn, NY, completed her novel The Invisible Bridge, to be published by Knopf in 2009.
Jena Osman, Philadelphia, PA, completed a draft of a poetry manuscript tentatively titled The Network. Her most recent book of poems is An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books).
Alicia Ostriker, Princeton, NJ, worked on poems for a manuscript called The Book of Seventy, to be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the fall of 2009.
Ilana Ozernoy, New York, NY, began a draft of her first book, a nonfiction narrative about life in contemporary Russia, interwoven with the personal history of her family’s struggle as Soviet-era dissidents. The book will be published by Henry Holt in 2010.
Rajesh Parameswaran, Missouri City, TX, worked on the final stages of a short story collection.
Gregory Pardlo, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on his second poetry collection, Marginalia, poems from which have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Renaissance, Poet Lore, and American Poetry Review.
Michael Paterniti, Portland, ME, worked on a nonfiction book entitled The Telling Room, which will be published by Dial Press. His first book, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain, was published in 20 countries and is being made into a movie by Paramount Pictures.
J.J. Penna, Franklin Park, NJ, worked on a collection of poems entitled Headlight.
Hannah Poston, Asheville, NC, continued work on her first book of poems, The Lost Box.
William Powers, Orleans, MA, worked on a draft of his nonfiction book Hamlet’s Blackberry, about the rise of digital connectedness and the enduring human need to disconnect. The book will be published by HarperCollins.
Emily Raboteau, New York, NY, continued work on Endurance, her second novel. Her first novel, The Professor’s Daughter, was published by Henry Holt in 2005.
Suzanne Rivecca, San Francisco, CA, wrote the final story of a short fiction collection, a story from which won a 2009 Pushcart Prize.
Mary Ruefle, Bennington, VT, completed a book-length manuscript of poems, as well as four erasure books. Her Selected Poems is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2010.
Brooke Shaffner, New York, NY, continued work on her novel Proximity. “Sanctuary,” the opening chapter of her memoir, was published in The Hudson Review.
Brenda Shaughnessy, Brooklyn, NY, worked on poems for her third book of poetry tentatively titled Accidents of Birth. Her second book, Human Dark with Sugar (2008), which she completed at MacDowell, won the 2008 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for a 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Nina Siegal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, completed a draft of her second novel, tentatively entitled Rembrandt’s Exquisite Corpse. Her first novel, A Little Trouble with the Facts, was published by HarperCollins in 2008 and has been translated into Dutch and French.
Ralph Sneeden, Exeter, NH, worked on the first draft of a book-length manuscript; revised existing poems; and wrote a new longer poem that will become the anchor of his second book of poetry, Sheep May Safely Graze. His first book of poems, Evidence of the Journey, was published by Harmon Blunt in 2007.
Suzanne Snider, Hudson, NY, continued work on a nonfiction book about two rival communities on adjacent land in the midwest. Andrew Solomon, New York, NY, completed three chapters of his book A Dozen Kinds of Love. His last book, The Noonday Demon, won the 2001 National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been published in 24 languages.Andrew Solomon
, New York, NY, completed three chapters of his book A Dozen Kinds of Love
. His last book, The Noonday Demon
, won the 2001 National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and has been published in 24 languages.
Jessica Stern, Boston, MA, continued work on her book Anatomy of Terror: A Memoir of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which will be published in 2009. She also completed a chapter on terrorism for Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (Basic Books, 2009).
Ginger Strand, New York, NY, worked on new essays and began a new nonfiction book about the interstate highway system. Her book Inventing Niagara (Simon & Schuster, 2008), which was partly written at MacDowell, was a Border’s Original Voices selection. Ben Stroud, Ann Arbor, MI, continued work on short stories.
James Sturm, White River Junction, VT, worked on his next graphic novel, Market Day. The story explores the tension between art and commerce through a day in the life of a rug weaver against the backdrop of an Eastern European village circa the early 1900s.
Sam Swope, New York, NY, worked on a new children’s series titled The Adventures of Benjamin Judge. He most recently adapted his book The Araboolies of Liberty Street into a musical that premiered in Washington, D.C., in 2007.
Lulu Sylbert, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her first novel, Greedy Street.
Lysley Tenorio, San Francisco, CA, completed the manuscript for his collection of short stories and began working on a novel.
Pamela Thompson, Worthington, MA, began work on a new novel. Her first novel, Every Past Thing, was published by Unbridled Books in 2007.
Wells Tower, Chapel Hill, NC, wrote two new short stories and completed major revisions to his first book, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, a collection of short fiction published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Letitia Trent, Brattleboro, VT, worked on her poetry manuscript titled Match Cut, as well as her first novel. Her chapbook The Medical Diaries was recently published by Scantily Clad Press.
Sandy Tseng, Denver, CO, worked on a book of poems tentatively titled Sedimentary.
Damian Van Denburgh, New York, NY, wrote a new chapter for his as-yet-untitled nonfiction manuscript about his search for a feasible male role model while growing up as the only boy among six sisters in an Irish-Catholic family.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, San Francisco, CA, worked on a book about nomads in Dhompa in East Tibet. She also edited poems for her third collection of poetry.
Arlene Weiner, Pittsburgh, PA, wrote the first draft of a verse play, Hour of Power. She also wrote poems for a project titled Inwood Journey that focuses on the neighborhood in Manhattan where she grew up. In 2006, Ragged Sky Press published a collection of her poems titled Escape Velocity.
Elizabeth Wetmore, Chicago, IL, completed The Earth Is Flat, a novel set in the oil fields of Texas.
Kim Wright, Charlotte, NC, completed the first draft of her second novel, The Gods of Arizona. It is a sequel to her first book, Love in Mid-Air, which will be published by Grand Central in 2010.
Julia Zarankin, Toronto, Canada, worked on a draft of her memoir Intersections, which deals with a Russian immigrant’s conflicted notions of home.
Cynthia Zarin, New York, NY, worked on a fourth collection of poems to be published by Knopf in 2010.
Bill Zavatsky, New York, NY, wrote a 40-page essay called “Words Out of Music: Collaborating with Bill Evans and Marc Copland,” which appeared in the jazz literary journal Brilliant Corners. He also continued work on Songs I Didn’t Know I Knew, a manuscript of poetry in progress.
Leni Zumas, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a novel. Her story collection Farewell Navigator was published in 2008 by Open City.
Suzanne Zweizig, Washington, D.C., completed poems for two poetry chapbooks and worked toward the completion of her first poetry manuscript.