Discipline: Literature

Patricia Chao

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1999, 2001, 2020

Patricia Chao is the author of the novels Monkey King and Mambo Peligroso as well as poetry, essays, and children’s books. She also reviews music and musicians, with a specialty in Latin dance music and jazz. Past fellowships include the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Japan-US Friendship Commission five-month residency in Japan. While at MacDowell, she completed a second draft of her novel-in-progress, Bite. The story is told in reverse chronological order, from the POVs of various family members, including a sister who is a surgeon/classical pianist, and a brother who is a hip hop dancer and DJ. She also began a new poetry collection, Classically Trained, about musicians at work.



Patricia Chao worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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