Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

McKenzie Funk

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Ashland, OR
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

McKenzie Funk writes for Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. His first book, Windfall, won a PEN Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Orion and Rachel Carson awards, and was named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon.com. A National Magazine Award and Livingston Award finalist and former Knight-Wallace Fellow, Mac won the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism for his reporting on the melting Arctic and a fellowship at the Open Society Foundations for his forthcoming work on data and privacy. He is a cofounder of the journalism cooperative Deca, a founding board member at the arts nonprofit Amplifier, and a former story consultant at the Center for Investigative Reporting.

At MacDowell, he worked on a nonfiction book, a history of data and data brokers in the United States. Early reporting from the project was published in The New York Times Magazine. Mac speaks five languages and is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he lives with his wife and sons.



McKenzie Funk worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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