Discipline: Literature – fiction

Caroline Schmidt

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Phoenix, AZ
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Caroline Schmidt is a poet and fictionist from Arizona. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Colorado Review, Palette Poetry, and Southern Humanities Review, among others, and her story "Particular Luck" was selected by R.O. Kwon as the winner of the 2021 Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize. She has received awards and fellowships from The de Groot Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry, the Beinecke Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She is a graduate of Emory University and the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program, where she taught undergraduate creative writing.

While at MacDowell, Schmidt continued working on her manuscript-in-progress, Parallaxis, a slipstream psychological novel. She also composed and edited a new short story, "Deepfake," which is currently on submission.

Portrait by Alisha Hunsaker



Caroline Schmidt 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…

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