Discipline: Literature – fiction

Matthew Wamser

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Milwaukee, WI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Matthew Wamser writes fiction and essays. His work has been published in Salamander and The Missouri Review, where he was awarded the 2022 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. He was also the recipient of the 2020 Henfield Prize and a 2021 Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan where he received his M.F.A. in creative writing.

While at MacDowell, he worked on a historical novel set in the 17th century and inspired by the picaresque form popular at that time. His work tends to blend fact and fiction, and this project is loosely based on the true story of a woman who survived her own execution.



Matthew Wamser worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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