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Installation artist Jinnie Seo taking a break from her work in Nef Studio.
Installation artist Jinnie Seo taking a break from her work in Nef Studio.

Recent Fellows

To read descriptions of projects that recent MacDowell Fellows worked on during their residencies, scroll through the list below.

Emily Abruzzo, Brooklyn, NY, completed several essays related to the work of her practice, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, to be used in a forthcoming monograph. ABA won the 2014 AIA Arnold W. Bruner Grant for the design of a vertical garden based on the structural concept of tensegrity. ABA also recently finalized a commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative for a project that places greenhouses on vacant lots within urban food deserts. 

Edward Ford, Charlottesville, VA, is at work on his fifth book, one that will combine architectural designs and historical analysis, Dastardly Acts: Explorations in the Primitive and Archaic and the Vernacular. It will be presented in lectures and exhibitions over the coming year with publication to follow soon after. He continues to teach as a professor at the University of Virginia.

Lynne Horiuchi, Oakland, CA, wrote chapters for a book, Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.  She also completed two essays: “A Local Global Utopia: The Japanese Pavilion at the Golden Gate International Exposition” for a collection she is co-editing with MacDowell Fellow Tanu Sankalia called Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island, and an essay to published in Scapegoat, “Dislocations and Relocations: Designing for Prison Cities.”

Catherine Ingraham, Brooklyn, NY, completed her book manuscript, Architecture's Claim: On Property (provisional title) currently on press at Princeton University Press. The book considers the nature of architecture's relationship to property systems in the United States since the signing of the Constitution.

Nicole Koltick, Philadelphia, PA, worked on a book exploring the philosophical implications of the intersection between artificial intelligence and aesthetics. She delivered a TED talk on the work of her Design Futures Lab in 2013.

Kiel Moe, Cambridge, MA, completed a book on the material history and ecology of the Empire State Building in New York City. Additionally, he completed the remaining details on a book about the history of insulation in architecture. He was recently promoted to associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Tsz Yan Ng, Ann Arbor, MI, is continuing her experimental design/research on the allied practices of architecture and clothing production. She teaches at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is also the principal of an independent design practice that focuses on textile manufacturing and retail designs in the U.S. and China.

Eric Nulman, Los Angeles, CA, completed initial design research on the use of ephemeral ornament (colored-light shadows) to generate “Mono-Environments.” Eighteen light patterned environments were created using physical models with custom cut theatrical gels to filter sunlight onto interior walls and floors. These temporary environments were documented with photographs and drawings. Additionally, Eric studied the ever-changing texture and topography of MacDowell’s snow-covered landscapes with a focused interest in how the state change affects material perception and how (shadow) casting on a topographic surface causes pattern distortion. Initial plans are to utilize the material qualities of snow landscapes as surface texture treatments on walls and floors in future versions of “Mono-Environments.”

Julian Palacio, New York, NY, completed drawings and texts for a forthcoming publication and exhibition that interrogates the agency of structure and material in the production of architectural form in the work of the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste. He was awarded the Deborah J. Norden Fund travel fellowship from the Architectural League of New York in 2012.

Heather Peterson, Los Angeles, CA, developed a series of fictional architectures manifested through paintings and sculptures, which will be shown in early 2015 at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles.

Georg Rafailidis completed the design phase of an artist studio, comprised of three distinct atmospheres: white box / wood shed / greenhouse. He also finished research on corbelled structures that was presented at the sustainable structures conference at Portland State University in May 2014. Recent awards include first prize in the competition StripAppeal (2012), Research and Design Award of the AIA (2012), first prize in the biannual competition Streetfest (2013), finalist in the Folly competition (2013), AZURE Design award finalist (2014).

Richard Sarrach, New York, NY, is currently working on a series of objects that are investigating the relationship between the copy, robotic fabrication, and entropy. He is the founder of the design practice form-ula and an adjunct professor and director of digital futures at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. He specializes in computational techniques, digital material practices, and the ramification that they have on culture.

Clark Thenhaus, Ann Arbor, MI, completed a series of texts and essays on recent speculative work and research for publication. The work and texts considered post-military landscapes, architectural form, and topographic practices in landscape. Following a historical survey and extensive documentation of these sites, speculative architectural and landscape proposals speculate on appropriating the abandoned sites as having new civic and cultural possibilities residing in unsuspecting contexts. This work considers both a disciplinary project (autonomy) of form and field as well as the influence of external forces (environment) of politics, militarization, and history.

Peter Zuspan, New York, NY, began production on The Nuclear Codex, a multi-disciplinary architectural work exploring the meaning of the first nuclear power reactors constructed in America. The work includes first-person narrative, short theoretical texts, diagrams, and a series of mixed-media analytical drawings.

Jamie Baum, New York, NY, completed two compositions for her Septet+. One composition was performed on July 11 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the other to be included with a series of compositions to be composed for her 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award project that will be completed and recorded in the spring of 2015

Mark Bowden, London, UK, completed the first draft of his new work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists on the theme of creation, which he is writing in collaboration with the poet Owen Sheers for the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, where he holds the post of Resident Composer. Mark will continue to work on the piece throughout 2014 leading to the premiere performances in Cardiff and London in April 2015. Mark's 2013 percussion concerto 'Heartland' was recently nominated for the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Large-Scale Composition Prize.

Nick Brooke, Bennington, VT, completed a New Music USA Commission for the Talujon percussion sextet and Indonesian choreographer Mugiyono Kasido. The work, which features six dense, miniaturized electric gamelans in attaché cases, was both built and fully composed at MacDowell; a first version will premiere in Bennington and New York in late 2014.

Andrea Clearfield, Philadelphia, PA, completed a draft of the piano/vocal score for her first opera, Mila, Great Sorcerer to libretto by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden. The three-act opera was commissioned by Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder. Workshops for the opera will take place in New York in fall, 2015.

Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Miami, FL, completed two 14-minute chamber works during his residency. The first, Ascension for flute, harp, and string quintet, will be premiered in July by the Suono Sacro ensemble in Assisi, Italy. The second, Pentimento for alto flute, bass clarinet, percussion, and piano, will be premiered at the COMA Festival in Madrid in November by the Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia. His next solo CD, Auschwitz, is being released in the fall on Toccata Classics featuring the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jose Serebrier.

David Gompper, Iowa City, IA, composed a large section of a cello concerto for Timothy Gill, principal cellist for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London). He also worked on a choral work set to a poem by Marvin Bell. He received a 2013-2014 Fromm Commission (Harvard) for a Clarinet Concerto with Michael Norsworthy (Boston Conservatory) and Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Yotam Haber, New Orleans, LA, continued work on The Voice Imitator, a series of 104 works for prepared and unprepared piano corresponding to 104 paintings by collaborator Anna Schuleit, based on the collection of short stories by Thomas Bernhard. This project received a NYFA award in 2013.

Charles Halka, Houston, TX, completed a new work for Houston-based Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble and completed sketches for a larger work, Somewhere in Italy for baritone and piano, which uses text drawn from around 90 letters written by the composer's grandfather while stationed in Italy during WWII. American baritone Marcus DeLoach plans to include the work in upcoming recitals around the country.  Recently, one of Halka’s orchestral works was selected for performance later this year by the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra.

Joel Harrison got most of the way through a four-movement string quartet that is dedicated to 4 unique American characters: Ken Kesey, Son  House, Russell Means, and Kenny Baker. He also worked on new music for my large jazz ensemble. Two pieces are near completion, and one is started. In addition I wrote an essay on why I became a jazz musician.

John Hollenbeck, New York and Berlin, is writing a new work for his groups, the Claudia Quintet and the 18-piece John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. A percussionist/composer, he has received worldwide recognition for his work with modern creative and experimental big bands.

Ching-chu Hu, Granville, OH, completed Dragonfly, a composition for solo marimba, which will be premiered by Mayumi Hama in fall 2014. He also continued work on a violin concerto to be premiered by violinist Scott Conklin and The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra April 2015. In addition, he began a live-orchestra score to Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush, which will be performed by the West Texas A&M Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2015.

Vera Ivanova, Santa Ana, CA, completed the score of her music composition for flute and piano, The Laughing Man's Alphabet, while at the residency at MacDowell colony. The composition was written by a request of the DuoSolo ensemble (Michael Kinkerdoll, piano and Mary Fukushima-Kinkerdoll, flute) for a series of performances. Vera Ivanova's music composition Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano won the 2013 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition and was released on Navona Recods on "Allusions" album in 2013.

Andrew Lovett, Princeton, NJ, worked on the short-score of a two act opera, completing four new scenes.

Andrew Norman, Los Angeles, is a composer of chamber and orchestral music.  His work explores the boundary lands of classical notation and the role of interpretation in the creation of large-scale instrumental compositions.

Heather Robb, Brooklyn, NY, worked on writing new material and arranging existing material for a musical she is developing with playwright Darcy Fowler. Immediately following her residency at MacDowell they did an invited reading at Ars Nova Theater in NYC with plans to do a public reading of the completed second draft in the fall.

Kotoka Suzuki, Chicago, is working on a project for a chamber ensemble, dancers, electronics and text, focusing on both instrumental and multimedia practices.

Alicia Svigals, New York, NY began work on her score to Brewsie and Willie, a film based on Gertrude Stein's last book; continued her song cycle Seduction in Eynaim, settings of Yiddish poetry about mothering; and wrote a series of new traditional-style klezmer tunes. She is currently touring The Yellow Ticket, her original live score to a 1918 silent film, for which she was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's annual New Jewish Music Network grant. This past season she was a fellow at LABA - a non-religious house of study and culture laboratory at the 14th St. Y in NYC which every year invites a group of artists to consider ancient texts and create work that pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be.

Peter Van Zandt Lane completed a new composition commissioned by the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony. The piece will be premiered in July 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium's inaugural Estivo Festival held in Verona, Italy. The piece, entitled Hivemind, explores the idea of consensus building, through the gradual coalescence of disparate musical ideas. He also began sketches of a new wind ensemble work commissioned by the Emory University Wind ensemble, which will serve as the concert opener to a new work by Joseph Schwantner (who, coincidentally, composed in the same studio, Barnard, in August 1977).

Stewart Wallace, composer of the operas Harvey Milk and The Bonesetter's Daughter, worked on a series of children's books. 

Jing Wang, Dartmouth, MA has presented her multimedia composition Brahmanda in the United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Turkey, and it received the award for Best Animated Short Film at the 2013 Magikalcharm Film Festival held in New York.  Another multimedia work Wiretap will be presented at the 2014 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. As one of 17 globally selected researchers/composers, she will start her workshop/residency at the National Gugak Center this June in Seoul, Korea. She was the winner of the Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Basma Alsharif's primary focus was the work on the research and development of her first feature length film tentatively titled Post-Palestine. Through her residency at MacDowell and because of the generous atmosphere and working conditions, she also completed the edit of a short film that premiered at the 52 edition of the New York Film Festival titled O, Persecuted which will go on to screen at the 29th Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina. Additionally, she shot material for a new short film inspired by the ferns around her studio titled A Field Guide to Ferns which is being considered for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Berlinale.

John Alsop  has completed research and wrote an initial draft of a proposed cinema feature entitled One Summer in Spillville a fanciful reimagining of the composer Dvorak's 1893 interlude among his fellow "Bohemians" in provincial Iowa. While undertaking further development of this project with a production partner, he returns to Sydney to start work as co-writer of an 8-hour mini-series based on a trilogy of novels about the League of Nations by acclaimed Australian author, Frank Moorhouse.

Mauricio Arango, Brooklyn, NY, finished the editing of his film We Will Not Always Be Hyenas. Shot in Colombia and partially funded by awards from The Foundation for Contemporary Art and Rooftop Films, the film explores an event of violence and its aftermath. Arango's films have played at venues like MoMA and Lincoln Center. After his stay at MacDowell he will be an artist in residence at the Museo El Barrio in New York.

Brian M. Cassidy, Montreal, Canada, completed the first draft of the screenplay for his latest dramatic feature. The film explores the corrosive effects of a family's grief and the awakening of a young boy to his burgeoning sense of autonomy. Cassidy's previous film, Francine, screened at the Berlinale, MoMA, and Lincoln Center, among others and has been called "a small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture" by The New York Times.

Yemane Demissie, New York, NY, made significant progress in indexing and organizing numerous interviews for the first episode of his documentary series, “The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1930-1975." Entitled The Shock of the Modern, the first episode explores the experience of Ethiopians during the 1935-1941 Italian-Ethiopian War and Occupation. Yemane will continue editing his film in the fall at Bellagio and Bogliasco residencies.

Amelia Evans, New Zealand and Boston, is working on her first feature film, Minor Attraction. The nonfiction film documents the lives of three men who identify as attracted to children but who are committed to not acting on that attraction. Her first film The Elusive Shoemaker was a meditation on the human yearning to belong and the elusive nature of individuality.

Tom Gilroy spent mornings writing his next film Our Lady of The Snow and afternoons editing the six films comprising The Cold Lands Collaborations, a series of shorts that accompanied the March 17 theatrical release of his new film The Cold Lands, conceived at The McDowell Colony in 2001. The collaborators in the series--which allows musical artists to re-interpret the film with footage provided by the director--include Michael Stipe, Azure Ray, Dub Gabriel and Nix Nought Nothing.

Sarah Halpern shot, hand-processed and edited several short 16mm films for an upcoming solo show at Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Kasumi created the structure and music for a live cinema performance to be presented in Salvador, Brazil at the end of November. At the end of June she was awarded the 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for mid-career artists.

James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Brooklyn, NY, edited a feature-length experimental narrative film to be released late 2014, and continued research for a feature documentary in development. During his time at MacDowell, he was awarded a Wave Farm Media Arts Grant for distribution of the feature film, Public Hearing.

Lei Lei, Beijing, China, an animation artist, is working on his new animation project about his family history. In 2010, his film This is Love was shown at Ottawa International Animation Festival and awarded The 2010 Best Narrative Short. In 2013 his film Recycled was selected by Annecy festival and was the Winner Grand Prix shorts - non-narrative at Holland International Animation Film Festival.

David Petersen, Brooklyn, NY, edited his documentary LIFT, about homeless children who learn classical ballet, and worked on the casting for his feature-length dramatic film Billy and Ray, produced by Mike S. Ryan (Junebug) and Amy Hobby (Secretary). David's films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jessica Sarah Rinland, Surrey, UK, began and completed 30 minute film The Blind Labourer, currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide. She also began development on 'Untitled Botany/Cetology Film', to be filmed in 2015. Before her arrival at MacDowell, her film Adeline For Leaves screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, winning the Arts and Science Award. The film screened at Oberhausen Film Festival in May and Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

Ben Russell, Los Angeles, CA, completed a two-channel video installation called The Twilight State for exhibition at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in the UK.  He also worked on a series of photographs and modular synthesis-based audio pieces relating to his time with the "Colony of Light" artists' collective.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Melanie Shatzky completed the first draft of the screenplay for her latest dramatic feature. The film explores the corrosive effects of a family's grief and the awakening of a young boy to his burgeoning sense of autonomy. Shatzky's previous film, Francine, screened at the Berlinale, MoMA, and Lincoln Center, among others. The New York Times called it "a small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture.”

Adam Shecter finished editing and scoring his new video, New Year, for a solo installation at the Eleven Rivington Gallery in September 2014.

Elisabeth Subrin, Brooklyn, NY, revised her feature screenplay, A Woman, A Part, slated for production in fall, 2014, starring Maggie Siff (Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy). She also worked on Damage Report, an upcoming installation commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia for a solo project space exhibition opening in May, 2014.

Jovanna Tosello, Los Angeles, CA, completed an animated short film that is scheduled to premier later this year in Shanghai, China.

Tom Weidlinger, Completed a first draft biographical narrative on Paul Weidlinger, prominent architect, structural engineer, and Hungarian Jewish refugee to the United States in 1942.  The narrative will become the basis for a documentary film. Tom Weidlinger's most recent completed film, Original Minds, was broadcast on most public television stations in 2012.

Keith Hennessy, worked simultaneously on two linked projects, a performance “Chronic - an afro punk contradiction” and a book-length essay "SWC." Both works circulate around questions of racism and whiteness, alternative utopias and persistent norms. He received a USA Kjenner Fellowship in 2012 and recent performances have been presented at Theater der Welt (Mannheim), Nuit Blanche (Paris), and donaufestival (Krems, Austria).

Laryssa Husiak, Des Moines, IA developed a new performance work to be presented as part of Dixon Place's HOT Festival in New York in summer 2014. The work incorporates video and soundscapes created while in residence at Mac Dowell. She received an Iowa Arts Council grant in 2013 for her play She Is King, which was then presented at the Incubators Arts Project in January 2014.

Joseph Keckler developed music, video, and text that will be part of a new project at The New Museum in their next season. Joseph received a NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work and a Franklin Furnace grant in 2012 and received a Village Voice Award for "Best Downtown Performance Artist" in 2013.

Amy Lam, Toronto, Life of a Craphead, the artist group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, worked on their feature-length movie Bugs. Bugs will premiere in January 2015 at the Western Front in Vancouver.

David Levine was doing preliminary research for his screenplay, An Actor Prepares. He also began work on two series of photographic prints, and wrote a long essay for Parkett magazine He recently directed an opera about the pop group Milli Vanilli, which was featured in the May 2014 issue of Artforum.

Melanie Manos, Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI, worked on a series of large-scale charcoal drawings on vellum inspired by the towering pine trees outside her studio at MacDowell. The drawings, along with digital collage and video projection, were to be exhibited in an upcoming solo show at Re:View Gallery, Detroit, MI, June 2014.  She also created The MacDowell Series, four short videos involving physical, auditory, and emotional responses to the environment and daily life of a MacDowell Fellow in residence December 2013 - January 2014.  The videos can be viewed at her page

Miwa Matreyek worked on narrative and storyboarding for a new piece with collaborative group, Cloud Eye Control. Entitled Half Life, the new piece is slated to premiere in the spring of 2015.

Jon McCurley, Toronto, Canada, Life of a Craphead, the artist group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, worked on their feature-length movie Bugs. Bugs will premiere in January 2015 at the Western Front in Vancouver.

David Neumann, Thornwood, NY, developed movement and text for his interdisciplinary performance work, I Understand Everything Better to premier at Abrons Arts Center in NYC, April 2015. Neumann was recently awarded a NYFA Fellowship in Choreography and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant in Dance.

Pat Oleszko, New York, NY, had another amazing residency where she came with some intent and purpose and then spiraled off into much more compelling directions. There were more than four events created including Pat Tuesday, Smokes Gets in, Your Ides, Pi Day and the mighty conflagration of Burning Mac. From these works there will be other performances using film shot during her residency, and drawings and writings incorporated into an artist's book. She is representing the US at the USIT exhibition in Moscow and will be creating a major installation and performance for the “Rail to Ride Path” going through Rosendale, New York.

Gregory Sale, Phoenix, AZ, refined a video installation based on an ongoing investigation into the criminal justice system in Arizona; created an art book about reentering society after incarceration which will be produced with the Phoenix Art Museum (2014); and facilitated a workshop for incarcerated fathers at the New Hampshire State Prison. He received a Creative Capital Foundation grant in Emerging Fields and an Art Matters grant in 2013.

Deborah Stratman, Chicago, IL, used her time at MacDowell to produce work for the solo exhibition Swallows: Subsurface Voids which was shown at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY from May 16 through June 27, 2014. The works, made while in residence, were concrete sculptures, paintings, models and drawings. In May 2014, Stratman was awarded the Alpert Award in the Arts for Film/Video.

David Thomson, Brooklyn, NY, was researching and developing a three-part multimedia performance project focusing on race, gender and sexuality in America.  It is scheduled to premiere in 2015. He is a 2012 USA Ford Fellow and a 2013 NYFA Fellow in Choreography.

Aynsley Vandenbroucke, New York, NY, took her work in an entirely new and unexpected direction because of the support and uninterrupted time at MacDowell. She started making stop motion animation "dances" to House music. These are the very beginning of a project and will become part of a larger live performance or film in the next two years.

Joe Winter, New York, continued to develop a body of sculptures focused on the architecture and history of domestic space. While at MacDowell, he completed three large textile works based on architectural surfaces, including wood, masonry, and stone.

David Adjmi, New York, completed research and got about 100 pages into a new play he is working on called The Stumble, about the composer Oscar Levant. His play, Marie Antoinette recently received a New York premiere at SoHo Rep and will be seen around the country this coming season, at Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth, and other venues.

Jeffrety Becker, New Orleans, is a theater artist based in New Orleans. He spent his residency work on a new original performance titled Sea Of Common Catastrophe which addresses rapid change in urban areas sometimes referred to as "gentrification." He was the recipient of the NEA/TCG Fellowship for Directors and Designers, and recently completed Cry You One, a site specific performance about loss of land and culture in South Louisiana. This project was generously funded by NEA, NEFA, Creative Capital and the MAP Fund.

Lee Breuer's selected performance poems, including the trilogy La Divina Caricatura (the performance version of part one had a sold out run at La Mama in December 2013) is due to be published by Seagull Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press in the fall of 2014. He worked on edits, revisions and rewrites during his residency as well as on a one woman piece based on actress Maude Mitchell's interviews of women around the world who've played the role of Nora in Ibsen's "A Doll House.”  These interviews are interwoven with Kingsley's children's story "Waterbabies" and told to little girls in their mother's arms as a children's parable of women's roles in today's society. He and his partner, Maude Mitchell, who writes and acts, celebrated their 15th Anniversary at MacDowell and got married.

Jibz Cameron, Brooklyn, NY, did extensive research and worked on the script for her upcoming BAM performance, Soggy Glasses. She also made several drawings and test recordings for the performance. She also made great friends and wrangled chickens.

Erin Courtney, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her play Lucky Day about a California ghost town. She also worked on a libretto for NOMAD, a song cycle composed by Elizabeth Swados, that will be produced at the Flea Theater. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.

Steven Drukman's newest play, Death Of The Author, is slated to premiere at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse in May, 2014. The play has already won an Edgerton Award and a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation grant.

Ella Hickson, London, UK, completed a draft of a play entitled Oil about the relationship between feminism and the rise of the fossil fuel economy. The play is programmed to preview next spring at The Almeida Theatre. She also started a new play for The National Theatre about Container Ships and Globalization,that will be submitted later this year.

Aaron Jafferis, New Haven, CT, began work on a screenplay and hip-hop album, both as yet untitled, telling the true story of a white cop and Latino gang leader incarcerated together. Jafferis' oratorio Trigger (with composer Byron Au Yong) is in development with ArKtype to tour universities in 2016-2017.

Lisa Kron, Brooklyn, NY, began work, at long last, on a play commissioned in 2007 by the Sloan Foundation. Lisa wrote the book and lyrics for FUN HOME with composer Jeanine Tesori, which played for an extended, sold-out run at the Public Theater in the fall/winter of 2013-14.The cast album of the show was released by PS Classics in February 2014.

Maude Mitchell, Brooklyn, NY, began work on a solo show based on her experiences traveling the globe performing Nora, (her award-winning role in Mabou Mines DollHouse, co-adapted from Ibsen's A Doll House by Maude and director/writer Lee Breuer) as well as interviews Maude conducted with other artists who've played the role of Nora worldwide. Including: the only actress to play Nora in Mongolia, the first to play the role in Egypt, a tele-novella star in Brazil, a film actress based in Paris, and an actor/writer/director in Bangladesh. Maude is using the classic Victorian children's story "Water Babies" as a loose frame. The piece, untitled at present, grapples with the complexities of pilgrimage, the life of theater artists, and the history of the feminist journey all viewed through a cross-cultural lens. It will be performed as a fairy tale told to babes in arms and toddlers on stage. Maude shared Calderwood studio with her partner (now husband as they wed during their residency), director/writer, Lee Breuer who is directing the piece. The first showing is presently scheduled for October of this year in Seattle, Washington and may be part of the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in NYC in January, 2015.

Janice Okoh, London, UK, worked on the first draft of her third play and undertook extensive research for her fourth play, a historical piece set in the USA. She also completed a pitch for a three-part original television drama and two pitches for the BBC daytime drama Doctors. She received the Bruntwood Prize for playwriting in 2011 and a Peggy Ramsay Award in 2013.

Jiehae Park started out working on a project about place and cartography, but after two weeks was inspired to start a completely new piece (which will be read as part of the Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab this May). She is still working on the place/cartography project (tentatively titled HERE WE ARE HERE), which is scheduled to have a two-week residency at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor in June. She's also a new member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group.

Evan Placey, London, UK completed initial research on a new play for young audiences, and a new draft of a play for adults. Evan won the Brian Way award for Best Play for Children & Young People for Holloway Jones. A new production of his play for teens, Girls Like That, opens in London in autumn 2014.

Joanne Pottlitzer  moved forward with assembling her book, Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet, to prepare it for publication and completed a new draft of her play, Between Hope and Freedom, based on the book.

Kathy Randels, New Orleans, LA, split her time at MacDowell pursuing the temporary and permanent nature of her art form, Theatre. She worked on reinvigorating and expanding her performance training practice and she began the process of writing a book about her company ArtSpot Productions for its 20th anniversary celebration in 2015. While there, she shared an etude inspired by the Colony itself entitled "PINE."  Awards include the 2008 V-Day Leadership Award, the 2007-9 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, a 2003 OBIE ("Nita & Zita") and numerous awards from New Orleans-based entities.

Sarah Sander, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on her play Where She Grew Up. This piece will be further developed with help from the Dramatists' Guild and The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group.

Amanda Villalobos, Brooklyn, NY, created puppets and filmed stop-motion animations that will be used in her multi-media puppet piece, Light Keepers. This piece is also supported by the Henson Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and will premiere at Five Myles in January 2015.

Steve Zehentner, New York, NY, collaborated with performance artist Penny Arcade on script development for their new performance piece, Longing Lasts Longer, a meditation on love, longing and the loss of New York’s cultural identity. On the heels of their experience at MacDowell, a six performance residency of Longing Last Longer occurred at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York.

Natalia Afentoulidou, worked on drawings and two installation pieces based on her current working method of collecting and rearranging found objects. In 2012 she was awarded a Kahn career entry Award. 

Mona Aghababaee, Iran, started a new project about the Persian language and its form in comparison with the English language.  She is also focusing on a body of work about drawing and transformation; she plans to show these works in a solo show in Aaran gallery in Tehran.

Julie Alpert, Seattle, WA, completed a large-scale site-specific installation in Firth Studio using items collected from the local recycling center in combination with hardware store supplies. The installation explored themes of domesticity, interior decorating, and the illusion of staging. It was documented and then disassembled. Julie received a Pollock-Krasner Award in 2012. In 2015, she will be Artist-in-Residence at Clark College, Vancouver, WA, where she will present a solo exhibition and workshop with students.

Soledad Arias, New York, NY, worked on a series of text-based projects on paper based on her writing which reflect on the boundary between what is said and what is silenced. This body of work will be exhibited at Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, Miami, Florida in 2015.

Deborah Aschheim, Pasadena, CA, completed drawings, based on historical images from the archives of JFK, LBJ and Richard Nixon, that will make up the core of her November 2014 exhibition, Bienvenidos los Presidentes/Welcome the Presidents, at the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. In October, Aschheim will interact with Vallarta residents, using the drawings to trigger “involuntary memories” of the recent past, to be included as text in the November exhibition. The collective memory project is an outgrowth of her current exhibition at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

Michael Ashkin completed editing for the book, Long Branch, published by A-Jump Books, to be released in September 2014 at both the New York Art Book Fair and the London Art Book Fair. The book, containing both photographs and collected texts, documents the eradication of a working-class neighborhood in what was perhaps the worst case of eminent domain abuse in the country. In addition, Ashkin completed about thirty paintings in which spray paint is used to create photographic objects.

Alice Attie, NYC, NY worked on three bodies of work. One series of ink drawings, in deep red or in deep green, is built of very miniscule spheres that gather to make forms, over long periods of time.  Another body of ink drawings has been inspired by Michel Foucault's late lectures on philosophical concept of "The Care of the Self." The drawings are comprised of the last words Socrates is said to have uttered to his close friend Crito: "Take Care of Yourself." Also completed were black-paper collages that refer to the current war in Syria, the home of her ancestors. Attie’s drawings were recently featured at a TED event at the MET Museum in NYC.

Temme Barkin-Leeds, Atlanta, GA, had just opened a solo show in Atlanta at the Callanwolde Art Center and Gallery, and spent her time preparing small studies to help her determine the next direction her work would take. She was accepted for a residency at the Hambidge Art Center in Georgia for the Fall of 2014.

Nelleke Beltjens, the Netherlands, completed a large 10 part drawing, and a wall piece made out of book binders tape. The 10 part drawing will be shown in Germany and the wall piece will be recreated in Belgium at the end of 2014. Beltjens has twice received the Basisstipendium Grant Award in the Netherlands. 

Miriam Bloom worked on a video of her sculptural ideas. She also created drawings based on the properties of each video clip and selected stills from the video for publication in book form.  She received her third Pollock-Krasner Award in 2012.

Jennifer Paige Cohen, Brooklyn, NY, completed semi-figurative sculptures in clothing, plaster and stucco to be shown in October 2014 at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York, NY.  She has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Salon 94 and Rachel Uffner Gallery in NY, in addition to numerous group exhibitions in New York, London and Berlin.

Marie Yoho Dorsey, Tierra Verde, FL, created site-specific works that involved a series of ''imaginary travels'' through memory, designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and foster spiritual awareness. She has an upcoming residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2015.

Ellen Driscoll, Brooklyn, NY has just completed “Night to Day, Here and Away” a large mosaic commission for the Sarasota National Cemetery. She is a 2014 recipient of a Fine Arts Award and Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently working on new sculptures and drawings.

Tamar Ettun, Brooklyn, NY, continued to develop her series Performing Stillness which consists of fragmented body parts and musical instruments, and a new addition of clay masks based on her face. Ettun also developed her performance piece It’s Not a Question of Anxiety. Both projects were presented in Abron's Art Center (New York), and BOSY Contemporary (New York) in 2014.

Rosemarie Fiore is a pyrotechnic artist based in Bronx, NY. Her ‘Smoke Painting Machines’ paint on paper by harnessing colored smoke released from lit fireworks. While in residence, she completed photographic collage sketches relating to her machine development and 2-D works which are to be included in two solo exhibitions at Von Lintel Gallery, LA and Lehman Collage Gallery, NY, NY in 2015.

Lisa Frank began a series of photo tableaux based on romanticized natural history paintings that depict zoological and botanical subjects attempting to adapt to radical changes in their environment. She took hundreds of photographs while hiking in the woods of the MacDowell property and continues to work them into the series' constructions.

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Chicago, IL, continued a body of work looking at performative equestrian monuments and started researching a new series of architectural interventions that will be supported in part by an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship starting in the fall of 2014. He also edited a video he shot in the Bahamas reenacting the Bay of Pigs Invasion with wild pigs. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harpo Foundation Fellowship and a Propeller Fund Grant.

Susan Jacobs, Melbourne, Australia, completed a series of drawings to be shown at Sarah Scout, Melbourne in 2014, as well as generating new video and sculptural installation works.  She also worked on her first artist's book, Properties, which will be published in 2014 by 3Ply independent publishers, This project incorporates imagery made while researching 1960-1970's Land Art sites in South West desert regions in the USA, and process-based imagery of the subsequent installation work that was commissioned for the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, by the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, 2012. Susan received an Australia Council for The Arts grant and a QANTAS Contemporary Art Award. She is currently exhibiting sculptural installation work in the exhibition 'Melbourne Now' at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Jilaine Jones, New Haven, CT, was at Heinz studio for an eight-week residency, created a body of sculptures and ink collages using a view in the nearby woods as subject matter. The final work is approximately 20' long, 7' wide, and 8' high, and made of steel, wood and plaster. Jones was represented by a large steel and concrete sculpture in the DE Cordova Biennial 2013, and received a Pollock-Krasner fellowship in 2012.

Karla Knight, Redding, CT, completed three large drawings in the series Notes From The Light Ship, which encompasses visionary objects and imaginary language. She was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant nominee in 2012.

Neerja Kothari, NY, was working on a large scale drawing as well as a typed manuscript akin to an absurdist text. These projects relate to the idea of the absurdity of trying to quantify an unquantifiable experience. She was recently featured as one of the 40 chosen artists for the New American Paintings journal NE #110.

Nicholas Kovatch completed a large scale site-specific installation,focused on pointing out our instinctive expectations of space by destabilizing the environment. Constructing this installation allowed him to further extend his practice and come to a better understanding of the next phase of his work.

Antonia Kuo, Brooklyn, NY, worked on mixed media projects incorporating drawing, painting, photography and 16mm film, emphasizing experimentation in the darkroom.  She completed a body of sanded and painted prints, chemical paintings on photographic paper and hand-processed 16mm films. She will be working on a series of drawings and prints. 

Cynthia Lin, New York, NY, worked on a twelve-foot drawing of skin and planned several new works based on scars, skin, landscape, and travel. Her work will be shown at un lieu une oevre in Menerbes, France this fall and at Phoenix Brighton Gallery, UK in 2015.  She received a Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House in 2014.

Christine Shank spent her time working on new images for her ongoing series, ”our first year together," as well as creating book mock up for this work. She is currently completing the book’s design, which will include both photographic images and text title, with publisher forthcoming. Her artwork has recently been shown in: Reykjavik Iceland, St Louis MO, Ithaca NY, San Antonio TX, Chicago IL, and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Robin Shores, Boston, completed preliminary designs on paper for a performance, "Strange Fruit,” that was held in Boston in Spring, 2014. He also began a 3-dimensional series "Graven Images,” a burial ground installation dealing with civil rights.

Sumru Tekin, Charlotte, VT, began work on a video and audio piece exploring the notion of a portrait as an invented aggregate. This work will be part of her upcoming exhibition at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT in 2015.

Sarah Tortora, New Haven, CT, completed three sculptures contrasting the site-specificity of equestrian monuments with the institutional mobility of Modern sculpture. These pieces are the first in a new body of work that will be featured in a solo exhibition at Bloomsburg University in late 2014.

Harvey Tulcensky, New York, NY, significantly furthered his "notebook" project. This endeavor is an ongoing undertaking that has occupied the artist for several years, involving the filling of accordion style notebooks with patterns of intense obsessive mark making recording the minutiae of his quotidian existence.

Barry Underwood, Cleveland Heights, OH worked towards the completion of two separate projects: A proposal for a commissioned work and the continuation of work on the series Scenes. He was awarded the Creative Workforce Fellowship through the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (OH), The Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts (OH), and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (OH). 

Michael Waugh, Brooklyn, worked on a suite of drawings that will be the basis for a commissioned artwork that will be on permanent display in DUMBO, Brooklyn as part of a new school that is being built there. Without my residency at MacDowell, I would not have had the space necessary to make these drawings. This piece is my first public commission, and it did not pay enough to cover studio space. However, with the help of MacDowell, I've gotten the work done. Because of the time and space offered by MacDowell both I and the people of New York will have new artwork. With the success of this commission, I hope to get more commissions.

Carrie Weems worked on the following projects: The Kitchen Table Portfolio—the platinum print edition; The designs for a competitive commission at the Atlanta International Airport; A film Swinging into Sixty—With Miles to Go; Photographs of a number of New England houses related to a photographic project on modernism and contemporary design, to be shown in London in October, 2014. In the upcoming months she will be honored by The Rush Foundation, The International Center for Photography and the Guggenheim, and presented with the Lucie Award for Outstanding Photographer of the year.

Jiyoung Yoon, Seoul, Korea, completed a sculpture and a video to be shown at ACRE gallery in Chicago.

Joan Acocella. New York. NY, worked on what will eventually be a collection of essays on evil. Some of these essays have already been published in The New Yorker, where she is a staff writer.

Idris Anderson, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, wrote, revised, and arranged poems for two new book manuscripts.  New drafts of poems were completed for a series on the South and for another series on a suburban neighborhood in the 50's and 60's.  Her first book was selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award and published in 2008

James Arthur wrote a number of poems that will become part of his second poetry collection, Entanglement. His poems have recently appeared in The New York Review of Books, Little Star, and Narrative Magazine.

Ann Bauleke, Minneapolis, MN, worked on her manuscript of thematically interrelated personal essays. One of the essays, "Spinsters," will appear in the North American Review, Summer 2014.

Jo Ann Beard, Rhinebeck, NY, worked on a novella and a long essay while in residence. 

Rebecca Bengal, Brooklyn, NY, wrote drafts of new stories and worked on revisions for a collection of short fiction, Pictures on the Other Side of Life, editing photographs to include with that collection, as well writing a new chapter and reshaping a manuscript of a novel. Her writing has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times and Guernica.

Marie-Helene Bertino worked on a few short stories and a new draft to a novel about two women traveling across America. My novel, 2 Am At The Cat's Pajamas (August 2014) was recently named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for Fall 2014.

Chelsea Bieker, Portland, OR, completed the first draft of her novel and moved into the revision process. The novel is set in the rural Central Valley of California on a raisin farm, and later, in present day Fresno. It follows Daisy, a runaway, who is adopted by foster parents who put her in beauty pageants, moving into her abusive and captivating relationship with her talent manager. The novel explores themes of feminine beauty, grief, and trauma. Chelsea holds an MFA from Portland State University. Her work has been published in The Normal School, The Portland Review, The Collagist, and others. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Louise A. Blum, Corning, NY, completed revisions of her young adult novel, Fracked, which focuses on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the residents of a small town in Pennsylvania. She received a sabbatical from her employer, Mansfield University, to work on the manuscript.

Michael Broek, Little Silver, NJ, completed work on a new manuscript of poems, tentatively titled Drone, which examines the drone as a military vehicle, but also in terms of how it appears in music and in nature. These are lyric narrative poems that telescope between the political and the personal. About 35 new pieces were written over the two-week residency, with many more revised.

Jane Brox, Brunswick, Maine, worked on a draft of her fifth book, In the Wake of Silence

Leah Carroll worked on a manuscript of and proposal for her memoir.

Michael Chabon, Oakland, CA, worked on his current project, entitled Moonglow.

Harriet Clark, San Francisco, worked on a novel. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and from 2008 to 2010 returned to Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford.

Zinzi Clemmons worked on her first novel, and edited Issue 4 of Apogee Journal, which was released last month. She is a founder of Apogee and currently serve as Managing Editor. Recently, she has been named a fellow for the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, a semifinalist for the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and was awarded a work-study scholarship  to Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

James Cory alternated work between two projects: 1) a sequence of 111 7-line poems comprising a book of poems called 777, after the number of total lines, 2) a book in the form of a historical meditation on Utopian communities in the U.S. Pleased to say substantial progress made on both.

Kristen Cosby, Somerville, MA, is currently at work on her first book: a creative nonfiction narrative about building, and living on, a thirty-nine-foot boat. In 2013, her work received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.

Christina Davis, Cambridge, MA, worked on poems toward completing her third collection, Mankindness, as well as writing an essay for the Boston Review

Jack Davis worked on a book tentatively titled Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, an environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that focuses on the five U.S. Gulf states from geological formation to the present. A month in residence allowed him to write a clean draft of a chapter for the book. The book will be published by W. W. Norton in 2017.

Carina del Valle Schorske completed her translation of Climax Road, a book of poetry by the Spanish poet Vanesa Perez-Sauquillo. She also made progress on her own manuscript, now titled Viewfinder, a collection of internet-age pastoral poetry focusing on themes of perception and simulation.

Rachel DeWoskin completed revisions to a contemporary novel called Beautiful Girls Club Shanghai, and finished the first draft of a historical novel called Second Circus, also set in Shanghai. Second Circus, which is forthcoming from Penguin is 2016, takes place in 1940, when thousands of Jewish refugees sought shelter in the Japanese-occupied neighborhood of Hongkew.

Stephen Dunn completed a chapbook called The Enigmas Of Happenstance, a sequence of poems based on a fictitious character called Mrs. Cavendish. He also put together a new book of existing essays, as of yet untitled.

Anne Fadiman, Whately, Massachusetts, wrote the bulk of a memoir about her father and wine that will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2015.

Melissa Febos drafted the final essays in a collection that comprises her second book. Essays from the collection have won recent awards from Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and appeared in the Kenyon Review, Salon, and elsewhere.

Ruth Franklin is working on a biography of the writer Shirley Jackson, scheduled for publication in 2016, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Biography. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2012.

Darcy Frey, Cambridge, MA, worked on a book called George Divoky's Planet, a work of narrative journalism, to be published by Pantheon Books. He was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 2011.

Elisabeth Frost, New York, NY, worked on her current book project, Proxy, a mixed-genre collection of poetry and prose. A new chapbook, A Theory of the Vowel, was published by Red Glass Books in 2013, and her collection of prose poems, All of Us," was issued in 2011 by White Pine Press.

Amina Gautier, PhD, a New York native living in Chicago, completed new stories, and revisions for her third short story collection The Loss of All Lost Things, completed edits for her forthcoming collection Now We Will Be Happy, conducted research for and drafted her novel-in-progress and wrote new stories for two future short story collections.

David Gorin, New Haven, CT, continued work on the title sequence of his poetry book manuscript, Dust Jackets, several parts of which have been selected by D.A. Powell for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology series. He began work on a new sequence to be included in the manuscript, “Crits," that emerged from encounters with paintings, drawings, and filmic work by other artists in residence.

Elizabeth Greenwood, Brooklyn, NY completed a chapter that had been plaguing her for ages to be included in her forthcoming book, Playing Dead: the Art and Folly of Pseudocide (Simon & Schuster). She teaches writing at Columbia University. 

Alex Halberstadt worked on a book manuscript about Russia and his family entitled Young Heroes of the Soviet Union.

Mary Hanlon, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her first novel, The Last Island. After her residency, she sent the work to a literary agent, and is currently working with them to finish the manuscript, which should be completed by late 2014. Mary is a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail, GAG Magazine and

Will Hermes continued his work on a biography of singer/songwriter and poet Lou Reed. His last book, Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, about the concurrent music cultures in New York City during a five-year period in the 1970s, was a New York Times Editor's Choice pick in 2011.

Lauren Hilger, New York, NY, completed her first manuscript of poetry. Poems from this collection have been published in Black Warrior Review, Cortland Review, and Sonora Review, among other journals. She was chosen as Harvard Review Online's "Poetry Pick" and is a finalist for the DISQUIET International Literary Prize. She is the poetry editor of No Tokens Journal.

Richard Holeton, Montara, CA, drafted several chapters of his novel in progress, Age of Terror 2.0: A User's Manual. A new edition/pressing of his (DVD) hypertext novel, Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, is being prepared by publisher Eastgate Systems.

Cathy Park Hong worked on my fourth collection of poetry as well as a novel.  The poetry explores my interest in race, comedy and abjection.

Caitlin Horrocks, Grand Rapids, MI, made significant progress on her first novel, a work of historical fiction inspired by the lives of eccentric French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) and his siblings.

Richard House, Nottingham, UK, completed a treatment for a feature length film, Murmur commissioned by Film4. He also drafted four sections of a new novel Low, and began work on short video pieces which will accompany the digital publication. His previous novel, The Kills, was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, nominated for the 2014 Sky Arts South Bank Award, and shortlisted for the GC Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize.

Maya Janson, Florence, MA, worked on a collection of poems. Her work consisted of both a revision of previously written poems and the creation of new work. 

Kima Jones completed a first draft of her short story, “The Macabre,” an account of two queer black women during World War II.

Taran Khan worked on and revised essays on Kabul, on the themes of love and madness, for her collection of nonfiction writing on the city. She has been selected for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Studio Residency out of Geneva in the summer of 2014.

Alice Sola Kim, Brooklyn, NY, completed a short story that will be published in an upcoming issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. She also made progress on a first draft of her first novel. This fall, her short fiction will be appearing in Tin House and Monstrous Affections, an anthology from Candlewick Press.

Melissa Kirsch, Brooklyn, NY, completed a proposal for a collection of essays entitled "The Real Ramona and Other Essays on the Nature of Belonging.” An essay from the collection, "Most Helpful Critical Review," will be published in Southwest Review in 2014. An updated and expanded edition of her 2007 book, The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything will be published by Workman in 2015.

Nate Klug, Des Moines, IA, completed poems and translations towards his second collection of poetry, which will explore the phenomenon of time. His first book, Anyone, will be out in March 2015 from the University of Chicago Phoenix Poets Series.

Lisa Ko, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on her novel Jackpot.

Violet Kupersmith, Philadelphia, PA, worked on a novel during her residency. It involves ghosts, drug lords, and priest-detectives in the Vietnamese highlands. Her first book, The Frangipani Hotel, a collection of short stories, was published on April 1st, 2014.

Laura Lampton Scott, Seattle, WA, completed the second draft of a novel. Her fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, and she's served as an assistant editor on two books in the McSweeney's “Voice of Witness” series.

Mark Levine began work on a proposal for a nonfiction book concerning the Schubert song cycle "Winterreise," its various transformations in recent years, and the relationship between art and questions of voice and personhood. He also continued work on a long poem that has been in process for the past few years. Recent poems appear in Poetry, Fence, Boston Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere.

Liana Liu, New York, NY, wrote many pages of a first draft of a novel about insider trading. Her first book, The Memory Key, will be published in 2015.

T Kira Madden, Brooklyn, NY, completed a draft of her first novel, Why You Like It. Previous excerpts from the novel, as well as other stories, can be found in The Kenyon Review, Tin House, The Austin Review, The Collagist, and many others.

James Magruder completed a third draft of a new play commission, Joan & Bootsie, and worked on two summer stock novellas, part of an omnibus called Save Yourself. He also proofed pages for his story collection, Let Me See It, due out in June 2014 from TriQuarterly Books.

Paula McLain completed a draft of an as yet untitled historical novel set in Colonial Kenya. The book will be a follow-up to The Paris Wife, which spent a year and a half on the New York Times Bestseller list, and has been translated into thirty-four languages. Random House will publish the new novel in the spring of 2015.

Maureen N. McLane, New York, NY, worked on two books of poetry: Mz N: from the Serial (a long episodic poem) and Wave Function, a new book of lyrics. Poems from both projects will soon appear in The Paris Review (Fall 2014), The London Review of Books, and The Nation. 

Rose McLarney wrote and revised several dozen poems—a sequence which will serve as a starting point for her third collection of poems. In their draft stage, the poems are related to the broad topics of water and drought, and environmental anxiety and prohibitions. While in residence, she received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences.

Honor Moore worked on An Unfinished Mother, a memoir, and The Return, a collection of poems.  I have recently been named coordinator of the nonfiction concentration in the New School MFA program. I live in New York City.

Eileen Myles, New York, NY, worked on poems for her manuscript entitled That Rat's Death. In 2012, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete Afterglow, a memoir about her late dog Rosie.

André Naffis-Sahely completed his first collection of poetry, Islands of Strangers, and worked on The Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laãbi (Carcanet, 2015).

Jean Nathan, New York, NY, worked on her second book, yet untitled, about Jean-Paul Sartre's first love, Simone Jollivet, who preceded Simone de Beauvoir in his life, and remained a lifelong friend and important influence.  

Sandra Newman was working on a two-novel project, a dystopian work of fiction written in an invented future patois. The first book of the series, The Country of Ice Cream Star, will be published by Ecco in February 2015.

Collier Nogues completed a manuscript of erasure poems titled The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground. Poems from the manuscript have appeared in the journals At Length, Matter, and Mead, and will appear in "The Printed Room," a curated exhibition during Art Basel at the Basel gallery SALTS.

Samin Nosrat, Berkeley, CA, completed a much-improved draft of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book teaching readers to cook better than they ever have before. The book will be published in Spring 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

Okwiri Oduor, worked on her debut novel, a work that explores the losses of two women in a turbulent Nairobi during the throes of a dictatorship.

Tommy Orange, Oakland, CA, completed a draft of his first novel. The novel is about modern Native American people, and how their lives converge around a tragic incident in Oakland. The stories and characters deal with identity, what that means to Native American people, and with loss, and trying to figure out what's real and not, what's there, and not there. He received an honorable mention in the 2013 Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction contest judged by David Means.

Shelly Oria Since staying at MacDowell last year, I have sold US rights to my short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, to FSG, and Canadian rights to Random House. I've also been a finalist for the Posen Foundation grant judged by Jonathan Safran Foer, and have accepted the position of co-director of the Writers' Forum at Pratt Institute, where I teach fiction. During this emergency eight-day stay at MacDowell, I worked on the final edits to New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, which are due back to my editors by the end of the month.

Scott Penney worked on several pieces for a book collection (possible title of manuscript, Show World). Worked on a dramatic/dialogue piece possibly titled "Uncle (Go Mo Bu)." Recent publication ("Tulip") to appear in Fugue #45 or #46 (Published annually at University of Idaho). Forthcoming as of this writing.

Lawrence Raab, Williamstown, MA worked on poems for a ninth collection. His eighth full-length book, Or So It Seemed To Me Then, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2015. He also wrote several essays on poetry, which will be included in a forthcoming collection of his essays.

Michelle Radtke, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a draft of her first novel set in Melbourne, Australia. Michelle has previously published short stories in both Australia and the US and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Devika Rege, Mumbai, India, completed first drafts of two new chapters and edited a third for her novel in progress.

Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Durham, NY, worked on a nonfiction book, At Home in the Going, and completed its publication proposal.  She was the Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence in Sitka, Alaska in 2013.

Luc Sante worked on a novel project, Declare Present Time Over, as well as on a translation of Georges Darien's 1897 novel, The Thief, from the French. He also corrected the manuscript of an as-yet-untitled nonfiction book about the Parisian working class, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the fall of 2015.

Adam Schwartz I worked on the first draft of a new novel(as yet untitled) and revised an old story(titled "Mosul"). I received Moment Magazine's emerging writer award in 2012.

Ronnie Scott, Melbourne, Australia, completed a collection of stories and redrafted a novel. His first nonfiction book, Salad Days, is to be published by Penguin in 2014; he is also the editor of The Best of The Lifted Brow.

Ravi Shankar, Chester, CT, In addition to working on his memoir, finished work on his new book of poems What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations, due out with Carolina Wren Press in Spring 2015, and his book of Tamil translations Andal: Autobiography of a Goddess, due out with Zubaan Books in India in Fall 2015.

Helen Shaw, Brooklyn, NY, did preliminary work on two books: one on modern U.S. drama and the fine arts, the other on the vanishing downtown theater scene. Her main project, however, was a monograph on the playwright Mac Wellman, which places his work into the larger Poets Theater context and also points to his startling pedagogical influence in the new Brooklyn Catastrophic genre.

Neil Shepard, New York, NY, completed work on a book of poems, Hominid Up, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry Press (Ireland) in January 2015. Poems from the manuscript have been published in such literary magazines as Barrow Street, Brilliant Corners (Jazz & Literature), Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Manhattan Review, New Ohio Review (NOR), North American Review, Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets), and Provincetown Arts Magazine, as well as in such anthologies as Contemporary Poems of New England; Occupy Wall Street Anthology; and Rabbit Ears: Anthology of TV Poems.

Joan Silber worked on a novel; its first chapter appeared in the summer 2014 issue of Tin House magazine. Her last book of fiction, Fools, was long listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2014.

Taije Silverman, Philadelphia, PA, worked to complete her second book of poems and also on a collection of poetry by the 19th century poet Giovanni Pascoli which she is translating into English.  She received a Fulbright in 2011 and the WK Rose Fellowship in that same year.

Bennett Sims, Baton Rouge, LA, worked on new short stories. His novel A Questionable Shape was published in 2013 and awarded the 2014 Bard Fiction Prize.

Erin Sroka, Durham, NC, worked on her manuscript-in-progress, a nonfiction book about the emotional landscape of a for-profit bingo hall in North Carolina. She completed a magazine excerpt of the work while in residence. "Our Last Little Fun," her essay about machine gambling in North Carolina, is forthcoming in The New New South.

Melissa Stein, San Francisco, CA, wrote and revised poems for her second book. Her earlier collection, Rough Honey, won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize.

Amanda Eyre Ward, Austin, TX, completed the first draft of the novel, Homecoming, which explores intersecting lives at the border of Texas and Mexico. The novel will be published by Random House in 2015. 

Teddy Wayne completed a draft to a new novel, Veronica May Hollows, while writing and editing various pieces of journalism, several of which were published in the New York Times and The New Yorker during her residency.

Tracy Winn, Concord, MA, drafted four new short stories for a linked collection/novel-in-stories set before, during and after Hurricane Irene flooded a fictional town in the White River Valley of Vermont on August 28, 2011. Two completed stories in this cycle are included in recent or forthcoming issues of the Harvard Review Online and Fifth Wednesday, guest edited by Alice Mattison.

Melora Wolff, Rock City Falls, NY, completed the two final essays for a new book of personal essays that explore issues of gender in fantasy, film and literature. Many of the essays have been published independently and two more are forthcoming in February, 2015. She received a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays 2012, and Special Mention in Pushcart Prizes 2014.

Mario Alberto Zambrano, Houston, TX, completed the first act of a novel-in-progress titled, Geromie, loosed based on the classical ballet, Giselle. A first draft of this novel was awarded the John C. Schupes prize for excellence in fiction.