Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Mosi Secret

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Mosi Secret is an independent journalist and writer based in Brooklyn, whose feature work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, GQ, and on the podcast This American Life. He has worked as a reporter for The New York Times and ProPublica, and is the recipient of numerous local and national awards. While at MacDowell, Mosi worked on the manuscript for his first book, Teaching Them: The 1960s Experiment to Desegregate the Boarding Schools of the South, a narrative nonfiction account of a scholarship program that sent Black students to all-white private schools in an effort to cure white students of their bigotry. The book will follow a group of students through the integration program into adulthood. He reimagined the structure of the book and moved beyond significant and longstanding hurdles toward completion. Prior iterations of the work appeared in The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. Secret was awarded a Berlin Prize in 2020 and was an inaugural recipient of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship from the New York Public Library in 2021.

Portrait by Annette Hornischer



Mosi Secret worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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