Discipline: Literature – fiction

Leila Mottley

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Leila Mottley is the author of Nightcrawling, an instant New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick. The book was nominated for various awards, including the Booker Prize. Her upcoming poetry collection will be published in April 2024.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Oprah Daily, and Conde Naste Traveler.

While at MacDowell, Mottley revised a draft of her second novel, The Girls Who Grew Big, to be published in 2025 by Knopf, Penguin Random House. The novel is a depiction of three young mothers in Panhandle Florida.



Leila Mottley worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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