Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Elizabeth Owuor

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

Elizabeth Owuor is a writer and DJ who interrogates the archives of Black music history, blending intimate narrative with the collective history of her people. Her nonfiction utilizes rare blues and soul music to examine cultural inheritance, Black creative labor, and the ways in which Blackness is constructed and consumed in the U.S. and Europe. She has spun her sounds of Black resistance on vinyl all around the globe and is co-founder of Black Rhythm Happening, an evening dedicated to unearthing gems from the sonic vaults. A Tin House alumna, her journalism has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Germany's Deutsche Welle. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, and the California Arts Council. While at MacDowell, she continued developing her nonfiction book project.

Portrait by Flavia Elisa Mora


MacDowell Studios: Mansfield

Elizabeth Owuor worked in the MacDowell Studios: 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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