Discipline: Literature – fiction

Carolyn Byrne

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Carolyn Byrne is a fiction writer from Long Island, New York. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. While at MacDowell, she worked on a draft of her first novel about a scientifically-precocious boy who attempts to save his dying Maine mill town. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2018.



Carolyn Byrne worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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