Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Kristin Dombek

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2017, 2019, 2020

Kristin Dombek is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her first book, The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism, was published in 2016. Her essays can be found in n+1, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Harper’s, the London Review of Books, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. At MacDowell in 2017, she worked on a draft of a nonfiction book titled How to Quit, an expansion of an essay that first appeared in n+1.

While at MacDowell in 2020, she wrote a journalistic feature about the conflict over abortion clinics in northern Indiana. She used her research from six months in Indiana, interviewing abortion opponents, defenders, and clinic workers, and investigating some strange events.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Kristin Dombek worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, this was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and flanking…

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