Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

A'Lelia Bundles

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Washington, D.C.
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017

A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, a New York Times Notable Book and bestseller, which has been optioned for a 10-part television series starring Octavia Spencer. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Parade and Essence. While at MacDowell she worked on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties and arts patronage helped define the era. She is developing a collection of poems and collages inspired by photographs and documents of eight generations of her family.



A'Lelia Bundles worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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