Discipline: Literature – fiction

Carter Sickels

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Portland, OR
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004, 2006

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), a Finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award and the Lambda Literary Debut Fiction Award. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. His essays and fiction have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Guernica and Buzzfeed, and he is the editor of the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships, and Identity. He's been awarded fellowships and scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and MacDowell. Carter has taught in the Low-Residency MFA programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Eastern Oregon University. He is assistant professor of creative writing at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers' Studio Low-Res MFA program.

Portrait by Amie Lee King



Carter Sickels worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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