Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Elizabeth Owuor

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Elizabeth Owuor is an author, freelance journalist, and retired vinyl DJ whose nonfiction blends archival research, Black music history, and personal narrative. Her debut book, A Brawling Woman in a Wide House, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury (US) and Canongate (UK) in 2025. The work explores how the Black American blues tradition took flight to Europe in the 1960s, intertwining the narratives of pioneer musicians with her own audiophile coming-of-age in Obama-era Europe.

She has spun vinyl all around the globe and is co-founder of Black Rhythm Happening, an evening dedicated to unearthing gems from the sonic vaults. Her journalism has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Germany's Deutsche Welle. Her writing has been supported by fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, UCross, and the California Arts Council.

While at MacDowell, she worked on a nonfiction book project.

Portrait by Flavia Elisa Mora



Elizabeth Owuor worked in the Mansfield studio.

The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…

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