Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Francesca Mari

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Francesca Mari is a narrative journalist living in Providence, RI. She has written features on housing, conmen, and other abuses of power for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The Cut, and others. In residence, she completed a cover story about the rise of private equity landlords for The New York Times Magazine and wrote an essay about vulture investors and crisis profiteering for The New York Review of Books. While at MacDowell, she also finished editing a story about the identity theft of 40,000 Vietnamese fishermen for The Atlantic. The story was optioned by Campfire. Since then she has written about the collapse of small business for The Atlantic. A native of San Francisco, she previously worked as a senior editor at California Sunday. She teaches narrative nonfiction at Brown University and is at work on a book about what's happened to housing over the last generation.


Phi Beta

Francesca Mari worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built from 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is very simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is a…

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