Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Hilal Isler

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: St. Paul, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Hilal Isler is an essayist interested in borders, transnational identities, and the Turkish diaspora. Her recent work has been published in the Paris Review Daily, Literary Hub, Catapult, Electric Literature, and The Rumpus, and is forthcoming in The Cut and the LA Review of Books. She holds a doctorate from UPenn and teaches social justice at the University of Minnesota.

At MacDowell she wrote about her evolving relationship to religion, and about the first Sufi saint (Rabia of Basra), part of her essay collection centering untold/under-told stories from the Muslim world.



Hilal Isler worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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