Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Rebecca Nagle

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Talequah, OK
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning journalist and citizen of Cherokee Nation. Her writing on Native representation, federal Indian law, and tribal sovereignty has been featured in the Atlantic, Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Indian Country Today, and other publications. She lives in Tahlequah, OK, where she also works on language revitalization. She is the writer and host of the podcast This Land.

Indigenous communities deserve the same standard of journalism as the rest of the country, but rarely receive it from non-Native media outlets. Nagle‘s journalism seeks to correct this. From the census, to COVID, to the Supreme Court, Nagle focuses on deep and timely reporting that sheds light on issues of national importance.

Nagle is the recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize, Women’s Media Center’s Exceptional Journalism Award, a Peabody Nominee, and numerous awards from the Native American Journalist Association.

At MacDowell, Nagle completed fact checking and final edits on her manuscript By The Fire We Carry: the generations long fight for justice on Native land.


Phi Beta

Rebecca Nagle 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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