Discipline: Literature – poetry

Dong Li

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Leipzig, GERMANY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Dong Li is a multilingual poet and who also translates work from Chinese, English, French, and German. Born and raised in China, he was educated at Deep Springs College and Brown University. His debut collection of poetry, The Orange Tree (Chicago UP, March 2023), was the inaugural winner of the Phoenix Emerging Poet Book Prize.

His poems appear in Conjunctions, Fence, Kenyon Review, POETRY, among others. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in creative writing at Colgate University and is the recipient of fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Camargo and Humboldt Foundations, PEN/Heim Translation Fund, Yaddo, and others.

At MacDowell, Li worked on this second collection of poetry, a sequel to The Orange Tree.



Dong Li worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the residency program's studios, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the we began welcoming…

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