Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Rachel Greenwald Smith

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: St. Louis, MO
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Rachel Greenwald Smith is a nonfiction writer and scholar working at the intersection of aesthetic and political theory. Originally from Portland, OR, she lives in St. Louis and is a professor of English at Saint Louis University.

Smith is author of On Compromise: Art, Politics, and the Fate of an American Ideal (Graywolf Press, 2021), which was supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Their essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Smith's scholarship includes Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and two edited collections: Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture, co-edited with Mitchum Huehls (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), and American Literature in Transition: 2000-2010 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

At MacDowell, Greenwald Smith began work on a new nonfiction book project. The book is a follow up to Smith's first work of creative nonfiction, On Compromise.


Phi Beta

Rachel Greenwald Smith worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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