Writer Carolyn Ferrell is the author of Dear Miss Metropolitan, which was a finalist for both the 2022 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the 2022 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her short-story collection Don’t Erase Me was awarded the 1997 Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
Ferrell’s stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike.
While at MacDowell, Ferrell worked on a new novel, tentatively titled The Happy New Year People. She completed research for another project on the Lebensborn program (engineered by Heinrich Himmler during the Second World War with the express purpose of creating babies to replenish future German soldiers). Ferrell also began revisions on a short story, "The Horror," which is a spin on the infamous "Amityville Horror.” It will appear in a story collection she's working on entitled "Something Street."