Discipline: Literature – fiction

Nell Freudenberger

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001, 2002, 2023

Nell Freudenberger is the author of three novels, Lost and Wanted, The Newlyweds, and The Dissident, and the short story collection, Lucky Girls, which she worked on at MacDowell in 2001 and 2002. It won the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in the New Yorker, Harpers, The Paris Review, the New York Times, and Nautilus.

Her new novel, The Limits, about a biologist studying coral on a South Pacific island and a high school student caring for her nephew on Staten Island during the pandemic, will be published in March of 2024 by Knopf. She worked on this novel in residence in 2023. She also wrote a short story, "Teamwork" while in residence.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Lucky Girls (Short Story Collection)



Nell Freudenberger worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast facade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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