Discipline: Literature – fiction

Dewaine Farria

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Manila, Philippines
MacDowell fellowships: 2021, 2022

Dewaine Farria has published in The New York Times, The Rumpus, War On the Rocks, CRAFT, The Southern Humanities Review, Literary Hub, and the anthology, Our Best War Stories (Middle West Press, October 2020). His debut novel, Revolutions of All Colors (Syracuse University Press, December 2020), won Syracuse University Press’s 2019 Veteran’s Writing Contest.

Dewaine holds an M.A. in international and area studies from the University of Oklahoma, where — as a David L. Boren National Security Education Program Fellow — he studied at the Kyiv Linguistic Institute in Ukraine. He also holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Dewaine has taught fiction for Voices from War and Gotham Writers Workshop and acted as a contributing editor for the Maine Review.

As a U.S. Marine, Dewaine served in Jordan and Ukraine. Besides his stint in the military, Dewaine has spent most of his professional life working for the United Nations, with assignments in the North Caucasus, Kenya, Somalia, and Occupied Palestine. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security awarded Dewaine its Bravery Award for his actions during an attack on a UN compound in Mogadishu in June 2013.

While at MacDowell in 2021 and 2022, Dewaine worked on a linked dystopic short story collection focused on the issues of mass incarceration and militarized policing in the United States.

Studios

Star

Dewaine Farria worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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