Discipline: Literature – fiction

Margaret Malone

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Portland, OR
MacDowell fellowships: 2021

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection People Like You, finalist for the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work can be found at BOMB, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, Oregon Humanities, and elsewhere.

She recently founded the Bust the Canon project, a monthly series that asks present-day authors to champion appreciation for one past, overlooked writer who wrote outside the dominant Euro/male-centric canon and one future/emerging writer from a still under-represented community due to race, language, geography, gender, sexuality, class, or education. She also discusses with guests whether there is a canon at all.

A co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE, Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and their two children.

At MacDowell, she revised the second draft of her novel The Great Bohemians about, among many things, San Francisco, a motel on highway 101, jazz pianists, isolation, and the short-lived freedom of the New American Woman.

Portrait by Heather Hawksford


Monday Music

Margaret Malone worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, New Jersey, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The…

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