Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Elizabeth Nicholas

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Elizabeth Nicholas is a New York City-based writer. Her writing on power, sex, feminism, class, beauty, and the body has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and TIME.

Nicholas has an M.F.A. from NYU’s creative writing program, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. in history from Harvard University. Her work has been both shortlisted and longlisted for the Disquiet Prize, and while at NYU she was Provost’s Global Research Initiative Fellow.

At MacDowell, Nicholas worked on her debut novel and an essay collection, both of which will go on submission in 2024. The essay collection explores contemporary American life through the twin lenses of money and the female body. Her novel, The Anatomy of Desire, centers around class, sex, and the surprising aftershocks of trauma.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Elizabeth Nicholas worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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