Discipline: Literature – fiction

Lydi Conklin

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Nashville, TN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2011, 2021

Lydi Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship in fiction, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fellowship from Emory University, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and other places. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere, and they have drawn cartoons for The New Yorker and Narrative Magazine, and graphic fiction for The Believer, Lenny Letter, Popula Magazine, Drunken Boat, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. In residence in 2021, they completed edits for a short story collection, Rainbow Rainbow, which was published in June 2022 by Catapult in the U.S. and Scribner in the UK. They also worked on revisions for a novel, Songs of No Provenance, compiling a revision plan and then beginning the first 100 pages of the revision.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Rainbow Rainbow (Short Story Collection)



Lydi Conklin 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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