Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Cynthia Greenlee

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Durham, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Dr. Cynthia Greenlee is a historian and award-winning writer based in North Carolina. She has won a coveted James Beard Foundation Award, the nation's highest honor in food writing.

Her journalistic work has appeared in The Atlantic, Essence, The Nation, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Vox, among other publications. She was also lead editor of The Echoing Ida Collection, an anthology of Black women and people writing about reproductive justice.

At MacDowell, she worked on a series of essays about expanding the definition of "soul food."


Phi Beta

Cynthia Greenlee worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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