Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Barbara Sostaita

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Barbara Sostaita is a writer and scholar living in Chicago. She is an assistant professor in the Latin American and Latino studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her articles have appeared in in The Nation, Bitch, Teen Vogue, and Remezcla. Her first book, under contract at Duke University Press, documents moments of fugitive care and excess intimacy on the migrant trail.

While at MacDowell, she worked on her second book, part memoir and part ethnography, a collection of essays on her father's conversion to Christianity, his work ministering to undocumented people in the rural south, and the reasons her family left Argentina.

Portrait by Alex Morelli



Barbara Sostaita worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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