Discipline: Literature – fiction

Asiya Gaildon

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Asiya Gaildon was born in Hadaaftimo, Somalia. She was most recently a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University, and the recipient of the Miles Morland Scholarship. She holds an M.F.A. from NYU.

While at MacDowell, Gaildon completed a draft of her first novel.


Garland (formerly Baetz)

Asiya Gaildon worked in the Garland (formerly Baetz) studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening diamond-pane windows were replaced in…

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