Chelsea Bieker holds an MFA from Portland State University. She is currently at work on her first novel and a collection of stories rooted in the rural and urban landscapes of California's Central Valley. She is a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and her work has been published in The Normal School, The Collagist, The Portland Review, and others. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband where she teaches undergraduate writing courses.
Chelsea Bieker worked in the Veltin studio.
Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…