Amy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier, winner of the PEN Nonfiction Award; Martyrs' Crossing (a novel), winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award; and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir. She is a former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker and is a contributing editor at The Nation. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the LA Times, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Democracy, and other publications, as well as on Politico, Reuters, CNN, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. She a professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, where she is a founder of the Forum for the Academy and the Public. She is finishing her second novel, Dark Desert Highway. While at MacDowell, she continued work on a series of linked short stories. She also did further research and writing for a book of memoir and essays on cultural appropriations (working title: Race Dreams).
Amy Wilentz worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.
In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…