Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

May Jeong

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

May Jeong, a writer for Vanity Fair, is the winner of the 2022 Ida B.Wells Award administered by the Newswomen's Club of New York. Her upcoming book on sex work was awarded a 2022 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in- Progress Award and a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant.

Her reporting from Afghanistan, where she lived from 2013 to 2017, was awarded a South Asian Journalist Association’s Daniel Pearl Award, Bayeux Calvados Normandy Award for War Correspondents, and has been recognized by the Kurt Schork and Livingston Awards. She lives on land ceded by the Lenape people in the Treaty of Shackamaxon in 1682.

At MacDowell, Jeong worked on her book, THE LIFE: Sex, Work, and Love in America.

Portrait by Andrew Quilty



May Jeong 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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