Discipline: Literature – fiction

Kelly Luce

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Knoxville, TN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009, 2010, 2018

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), one of Elle's Best Books of 2016. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O Magazine, The Sun, and other publications. She is a contributing editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in an old grist mill in Knoxville, Tennessee. At MacDowell in 2018, Kelly reserached and revised her second novel about the pen pal relationship between and incarcerated woman in California and a Vatican astronomer.



Kelly Luce worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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