Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Loubna Mrie

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

Loubna Mrie is a Syrian journalist, activist, and writer. She covered the war in Syria as a photojournalist for Reuters and as a freelance writer. She is a frequent commentator on the conflict in the region and has appeared on shows like Democracy Now, BBC World Radio, and Chicago Public Radio. Her writing has been published in major news outlets and publications such as Time Magazine, The Nation, New Republic, and The Century Foundation, among others.

In addition to her journalistic and research experience, Loubna has spoken on a wide range of issues from refugees’ rights at the Aspen Ideas Festival to censorship in journalism on a panel held by the Committee for Protecting Journalists at the United Nations. She has also spoken at the Columbia Journalism School, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley, among others.

Loubna's work has been supported by fellowships from Magnum Foundation, The Atlantic Media, and New America Foundation.

At MacDowell in 2022, she finished final edits on her first book, which is under contract with Penguin Random House in the U.S. and Little Brown in the UK. The book is a memoir about growing up Alawite in Syria, raised in a secretive faith and instilled with an unquestioned loyalty to a dictator.



Loubna Mrie worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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