Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell fellowships: 2011, 2015

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. They worked on the book in two residencies at MacDowell. It went on to be named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, The Guardian, Paris Match, Lire, Telerama, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into 10 languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Maine Arts Commission, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, Oxford American, Harper’s, and many other publications. They earned their B.A. at Columbia University, their J.D. at Harvard Law School, and their M.F.A. at Emerson College. They are now an assistant professor at Bowdoin College and live in Portland, Maine, with an enormous puppy. Their next book, Both and Neither, is a combined work of memoir, history, cultural analysis, trans re-imaginings, and international road trip about life beyond the gender binary. It is forthcoming from Doubleday (U.S.), Phoenix (UK), and Sonatine (France).

Portrait by Beowulf Sheehan


New Jersey

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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