Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Merritt Tierce

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2017

Merritt Tierce is a novelist and screenwriter. She won a 2019 Whiting Award and is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” author. She is also a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and her first book, the novel Love Me Back, was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham debut fiction prize. She wrote for the last two seasons of the hit Netflix show “Orange is the New Black,” and for the pandemic anthology Social Distance.

In residence in 2017, she continued work on a series of essays for The Paris Review called “Varieties of Obscurity” and on a hybrid surrealist fiction/memoir project called Scenes from a Penetration. Additionally, she began drafting pilot and pitch documents for a television show set in a Texas abortion clinic.



Merritt Tierce worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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