2018 MacDowell Colony fellows. Photo: (clockwise from top left): Stacey Steers, Rashawn Griffin, Mary Ruefle, Koji Nakano, Amity Gaige, Basil Twist, Morgan Thorsen, and Eric Puchner.

Eighty-Five Artists Awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowships

The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, has awarded fellowships to eighty-five artists working in seven disciplines. The fellowships are for upcoming late-winter and spring residencies. Writers Rebecca Skloot, Elif Batuman, and Azmat Khan; poet Mary Ruefle; composer Evan Chambers, filmmaker Stacey Steers; and artists Starlee Kine, Basil Twist, and Carl Wilson are among the recipients. Each fellow will be awarded $10,000 and will be provided with a private studio.

“Once again, an amazing array of gifted artists have applied for MacDowell fellowships. These artists range in age from twenty to ninety-two, perhaps the widest range we’ve ever had,” executive director Cheryl A. Young said. “This generational span is a testament to our continued effort to help artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers. This mix also makes for a richer experience for those in residence.”

Also among this group are artists displaced by the recent natural disasters in Florida, Texas, and Mexico. MacDowell fellows who live in the affected areas were eligible to apply for emergency time if their studios, homes, or livelihood were impacted. The MacDowell Colony awards more than three hundred fellowships each year.

The 2018 fellows are as follows:


Kris Allen
Eugene Birman
Antonio Blanco
Evan Chambers
Anthony De Ritis
Tonia Ko
Andrew May
Javier Moreno Sanchez
Koji Nakano
Octavio Vazquez
Pete Wyer

Film/Video Artists

Sharlene Bamboat
Alexandra Cuesta
Janie Geiser
Salomé Lamas
Alexis Mitchell
Stacey Steers
Haruko Tanaka

Interdisciplinary Artists

Nichole Canuso
Robin Deacon
Starlee Kine
Kate Levy
Tara Mateik
Erik Ruin
Carlos Sirah
Morgan Thorson
Basil Twist

Theater Artists

Fiona Doyle
Georgina Escobar
Jessica Huang
Daniel Lazour
Patrick Lazour
Casey Llewellyn
Mona Mansour
Kate Tarker

Visual Artists

Elizabeth Bonaventura
Becky Brown
Victoria Burge
Erik den Breejen
Rose Dickson
Daniel Duford
Rashawn Griffin
Elana Herzog
Dawn Kim
Shari Mendelson
Marc Ohrem-Leclef
Erin Riley
Sarah Welch
Carl Wilson
Fo Wilson
Letha Wilson

Nonfiction Writers

Louise Aronson
Amy Gall
Lewis Hyde
Azmat Khan
Carrie Laben
Daniel Levin Becker
Greg Marshall
Rebecca Skloot
Joe Watson
Julia Wertz
Laura Esther Wolfson

Fiction Writers

Elif Batuman
Carolyn Byrne
Amity Gaige
Daniel Hernandez
David Keane
Kelly Luce
Claire Luchette
Lee Pinkas
Eric Puchner
Misha Rai
Marianne Shaneen
Sarah Smith
Amy Waldman
Xuan Wang
Joyce Zonana


Marianne Boruch
Ama Codjoe
Mary Crow
Amanda Galvan Huynh
Eva Heisler
Luljeta Lleshanaku
Mary Ruefle
Rachel Zucker