Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Jaime Lowe

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Jaime Lowe is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Her work has also appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Gawker, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and on ESPN.com. In addition to Mental, Lowe is the author of Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, a biography of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. She has spoken about mental illness and social justice on national programs ranging from Radiolab to Democracy Now! and has collaborated with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Center in Cairo on presentations about bipolar disorder. She recently reported an hour-long episode of This American Life on trauma therapy. While at MacDowell, she wrote a portion of her forthcoming nonfiction book Breathing Fire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) about female inmate firefighters in California. It, along with the article it was based on, have been optioned to be a feature film starring Margot Robbie. She also completed an article about Topanga Canyon, CA and fire danger, to be published in The New York Times magazine.



Jaime Lowe worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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