Discipline: Literature – fiction

Dewaine Farria

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

Dewaine Farria’s writing has appeared 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. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife, three children, two cats, and a dog. While at MacDowell, Dewaine worked on a linked dystopic short story collection focused on the issues of mass incarceration and militarized policing in the United States.



Dewaine Farria worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for the first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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