Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Kelly Pendergrast

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Kelly Pendergrast is writer, researcher, and sometimes art worker based in the Bay Area. Her writing is a negotiation between the material world — objects, landscapes, built things — as experienced in place and time, and the abstraction engendered by screens, images, digital technology, and financialized networks. Alongside her writing, Kelly is the co-founder of Antistatic, a consultancy that focuses on complex issues around technology and the environment.

She is the co-editor of More Zeros and Ones, a new book on digital technology, equity, and maintenance, and was a 2021 winner of the American Craft Council's Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing. She writes frequently for Real Life magazine, and her work has also appeared in places including e-flux, Provence, Business Insider, and as catalog texts for Schauspielhaus Zürich and The Engine Room. Her essay “Cozy Tech” was a winner of the American Craft Council’s 2021 Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing.

While at MacDowell, she completed the proposal and sample chapter for her first full-length nonfiction book project, with the draft title of Bad Things. She also worked on a newly commissioned essay about the aesthetics of storage and the logistical imagination, from Khloé Kardashian's pantry to TikTok pantry stock videos.



Kelly Pendergrast worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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