Discipline: Literature

Katherine Hester

Discipline: Literature
Region: Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
MacDowell fellowships: 1996
Katherine Hester is an American writer whose collection of stories Eggs for Young America was awarded the inaugural Bakeless Prize by author Francine Prose, selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover New Writers promotion, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her short fiction has also appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Best American Mystery Stories, American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, Crazy Horse, Brain, Child, and elsewhere. She has been a Dobie-Paisano and Hambidge Center Fellow and has held residencies also at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Hester’s New South encompasses suburbia and nostalgia for a countryside once wild; her characters are continually surprised to find themselves on a domestic front where, beyond the edges of the maps they’ve been given, there might as easily be monsters as miracles. She received a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was awarded two James A. Michener Fellowships in Writing.

Studios

MacDowell Studios: Mansfield

Katherine Hester worked in the MacDowell Studios: 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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