Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Jason Anthony

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Bristol, ME
MacDowell Fellowships: 2015

Jason C. Anthony was the 2014 Literary Fellow for the state of Maine. Other recent honors include a 2015 MacDowell Fellowship and a 2014 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Nonfiction Fellowship. He was born in Maine in 1967, attended school and college in Massachusetts, and earned his M.A. in poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Soon thereafter, he fled the warm world for Antarctica, where he worked in the United States Antarctic Program for eight austral summers as a waste management specialist, fuels operator, cargo handler, skiway groomer, and camp supervisor. He filled his Antarctic notebooks with the raw material for lyric essays, essays, and articles, some 23 of which have been published since he last left the ice in 2004. One Antarctic essay was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2007, and another was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2006. His essay "Hoosh," published in the literary food journal Alimentum, became the origin of his first book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine, a narrative and culinary history of the southern continent.

Hoosh won a 2012 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Travel), a Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Creative Nonfiction), and was a finalist for a 2013 Maine Literary Award (Nonfiction).

His work-in-progress, initiated at MacDowell, is an environmental history of Antarctica, tentatively titled Unnatural Earth: Antarctica and the Anthropocene.

Jason Anthony lives in Maine with his wife, the singer-songwriter Heather Hardy.



Jason Anthony worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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