Discipline: Literature – fiction

Na Zhong

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Long Island City, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Na Zhong is a fiction writer and literary translator based in New York and co-founder of Accent Society. She also co-hosts a Mandarin literary podcast. Zhong is a Pushcart nominee and 2021-2022 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. She has published with Guernica, Carve, A Public Space, Lit Hub, The Margins, and The Millions, among others.

Zhong's work received recognition and support from the Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship program (2021-2022) and Tin House Summer Workshop (2020). She was the recipient of the 2019 Bette Howland Nonfiction Award and the first-place winner of the 2018 New School MFA Chapbook Contest.

While at MacDowell, Zhong worked on her second novel, But Travelers Must Be Content, partly inspired by the life of Chinese American novelist Eileen Chang, a 1956-1957 MacDowell Fellow. It is a story about the beauty and risk of "reinvention," told in the tradition of metafiction and magical realism.



Na Zhong worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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