Discipline: Literature – fiction

Jessica Shi

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Jessica Shi is finishing a collection of short stories titled Female Muscle: No Experience Necessary. The stories explore migration, lineage, and questions of identity and belonging among first-generation Chinese Americans.

At MacDowell, Jessica worked on the first draft of her novel, Fortune Laundry, which follows three generations of a Chinese American family in California during sixty-plus years of Chinese Exclusion.



Jessica Shi worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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