Discipline: Literature – fiction

Laird Hunt

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Providence, RI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004, 2022

Writer, translator, and academic Laird Hunt is the author of nine novels. Kind One was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction, and Neverhome won the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, Italy’s Bridge Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Étranger. His most recent novel, Zorrie, was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award in fiction.

His reviews and writings have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Irish Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He teaches in the literary arts program at Brown University and is a former United Nations press officer.

During his first MacDowell Fellowship in 2004, Laird worked on a novel, Dear Laird Hunt, Author of the Impossibly, and a novella, Old Woman. In 2022, he worked on a forthcoming collection of linked stories, a novel about an elephant swimming the length of the Mississippi River in the 1870s, and a short sci-fi/fantasy novel about a color apocalypse in the 25th century.



Laird Hunt worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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