Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Christi Payne

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Amherst, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Christi Payne is a book designer, calligrapher, and writer. She spent the past 20 years living on a floathouse in a tidal slough off the Columbia River in northwest Oregon, working slowly, as life permitted, on a memoir, My Skin Is the River, A Mother’s Book of Grief. While at MacDowell she completed and polished the manuscript.


Irving Fine

Christi Payne worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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