Discipline: Literature – translation

David DeGusta

Discipline: Literature – translation
Region: Castro Valley, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

David DeGusta is a writer and translator from the East Bay. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2023, where he received the Henfield Prize in fiction.

His writing has been published in Boulevard, Catapult, and the Masters Review, among other places. Previously, he worked as a paleoanthropologist in Ethiopia, a Stanford professor, a technical writer, a member of the Human Genome Project, and an editor with Random House.

At MacDowell, DeGusta revised his translation of Oromay, a novel by the acclaimed Ethiopian writer Baalu Girma. He also worked on his own novel and finished a spec script for an episode of the television show Severance.



David DeGusta worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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