Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction

Bliss Broyard

Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction
Region: Chilmark, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2002, 2003, 2013, 2019

Bliss Broyard is the author of the short story collection My Father, Dancing and the memoir/social history One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life — A Story of Race and Family Secrets. In 2013, she worked on a novel titled Happy House set on Martha's Vineyard. During her two-and-a-half-week residency in 2019, Broyard completed a long form feature for New York Magazine about the first city-led pilot of the concept of universal basic income in Stockton, California. Bliss was the only journalist with exclusive access to follow the recipients of the basic income and tell the story of how they used this money and its impact on them. She received a Calderwood Project grant to support her reporting, along with a grant from the nonprofit supporting journalism about inequality, Captial and Main. She lives with her husband and two kids in Brooklyn, NY.



Bliss Broyard 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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