Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Ladane Nasseri

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Ladane Nasseri is a journalist and writer based in Dubai. Raised between France and Iran, Ladane’s writing explores the upending of lives caught in the wheels of history, identity as shaped by others and by place, and truth from multiple perspectives. In her decade and half at Bloomberg News she led Iran coverage after years as the Tehran-based correspondent and reported from a dozen cities across the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S.

Her work has appeared in a host of media outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Businessweek, The Nation, WNYC New York Public Radio, Libération, and literary publications including McSweeney’s and Electric Literature.

She is a 2021-2023 Book Project Fellow at Lighthouse Writers Workshop where she also serves as a nonfiction instructor. Nasseri holds a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in literary nonfiction from The New School.

At MacDowell, she worked on a multigenerational story of migration, memory, belonging, and attachment to land.



Ladane Nasseri 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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