Discipline: Literature – fiction

Olivia Stephens

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Auburn, WA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Olivia Stephens is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and writer from the Pacific Northwest. She has illustrated for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. She is the author of Artie and the Wolf Moon, a middle-grade graphic novel about a young teen discovering her family's werewolf legacy, her own power, and the threats that come along with it.

While at MacDowell, Stephens completed and self-published part one of her adult graphic novel, Darlin' And Her Other Names, a werewolf-western-horror-romance story that depicts two strangers' vengeful journey through Colorado and Kansas in 1881. She also began research and reading for part two and beyond. This new project has also received support and recognition from the Tin House Books (Graphic Narrative Residency), Mineral School Residency, and the Artist Trust Fellowship Awards.



Olivia Stephens worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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