Discipline: Literature – fiction

Gabriella Burnham

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Gabriella Burnham is the author of It Is Wood, It Is Stone, which was published by One World, an imprint of Random House, in June 2020. Based in Brooklyn, she grew up on Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod and is the daughter of a Brazilian immigrant.

At MacDowell she worked on a novel that takes place on an island that is withering away from climate-related catastrophes. The wealthy tourists who travel there are desperate to preserve their once exclusive vacation destination. The story centers on a local woman named Elise whose job is to protect an endangered bird species that lays eggs on the beaches.



Gabriella Burnham 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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