Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Louise Aronson

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Louise Aronson is the author of the short story collection, A History of the Present Illness, a PEN/Bingham award finalist. A graduate of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and Harvard Medical School, she is a geriatrician, professor of medicine, and director of medical humanities at the University of California San Francisco. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among many other publications. She has been awarded the Sonora Review Prize, New Millennium Writing Award, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, Ragdale and Ucross, as well as multiple awards for teaching, mentorship, and humanism in medicine. While at MacDowell she made transformative progress on her first full-length work of non-fiction, tentatively titled, Oldhood: Medicine, Society and Life's Third Act, due out from Bloomsbury in 2019.



Louise Aronson worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers working in several disciplines. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field…

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