Discipline: Literature – fiction

Nay Saysourinho

Discipline: Literature – fiction
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Nay Saysourinho is the daughter of refugees, a writer, and a literary critic. She was the first recipient of the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship from One Story. Her work has received support from Kundiman, The Writers Grotto, The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Tin House, and MacDowell. Her writing can be found in The Funambulist, The Asian American Writers Workshop, Kenyon Review, and The Ploughshares Blog, among others.

While at MacDowell, she worked on her novel, an ecological fairy tale set in Southeast Asia, and a series of visual poems based on traditional Lao weaving and the oral history of her diaspora.



Nay Saysourinho 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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