Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Micah Perks

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Santa Cruz, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Micah Perks is the author of a short story collection, a memoir and two novels. Her novel, What Becomes Us, won an Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal and was named one of the Top Ten Books about the Apocalypse by The Guardian. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Epoch, Zyzzyva, Tin House, Kenyon Review, OZY, and The Rumpus, amongst many journals and anthologies. She has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, nine Pushcart Prize nominations, the New Guard Machigonne Fiction Prize and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center. Micah directs the creative writing program at University of California, Santa Cruz.

At MacDowell, she worked on the second third of a three-part utopian novel that takes place in the Adirondacks. The first part is forthcoming as a novella from Ploughshares Solos in 2022.



Micah Perks worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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