Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Nahanni Rous

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Washington, D.C.
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Nahanni Rous is a podcast producer based in Washington, D.C. She is the host and senior producer of “Can We Talk?,” the podcast of the Jewish Women's Archive, which explores the intersection of gender and Jewish culture, and she produces "Those Who Were There," a podcast drawn from survivor and witness testimonies at Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

Rous has also produced the podcast “Making Gay History,” and was a founding staff member of the media organization Just Vision, which highlights the grassroots efforts of Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilders and nonviolence activists. She is currently working on a multi-episode audio documentary about Jewish life in Vilna (present day Vilnius) before, during and after World War II.

While at MacDowell, Rous completed a full rough cut of her 10-part audio documentary called "Remembering Vilna: the Jerusalem of Lithuania." The ten chapters will be released in September, 2023 at a launch event in Vilnius, and will be available at thosewhowerethere.org, or on any podcast app. During her residency, she shared excerpts from the piece with other MacDowell fellows.



Nahanni Rous worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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