Discipline: Literature – fiction

Arvin Ramgoolam

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Crested Butte, CO
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Arvin Ramgoolam, born in Trinidad and Tobago, is a fiction writer and bookstore owner from Crested Butte, Colorado.

While in residence at MacDowell he primarily worked on A New West, a novel about family grief, public lands, wildfires, ghosts, gods, and belonging that unsettles the modern American West. Arvin also worked on a short story titled, “Tapes,” a coming of age story about teenage West Indian boys and their love for the band Nirvana. He is the second recipient of the One Story Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship. Work will continue on his novel in 2022 as writer-in-residence at Ernest Hemingway's home in Ketchum, Idaho with support from Writing by Writers.

Portrait by Nathan Bilow

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

A New West (novel)



Arvin Ramgoolam worked in the Mansfield studio.

The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…

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