Discipline: Literature – fiction

Salvatore Scibona

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004, 2015, 2022

Salvatore Scibona is a fiction author whose novel, The Volunteer, was awarded the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award and called “a masterpiece” by the New York Times. His first novel, The End, the first draft of which was finished at MacDowell in 2004, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award.

His work has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and a Whiting Award; and The New Yorker named him one of its “20 under 40” fiction writers. He directs the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

At MacDowell in 2014 he worked on a novel. In 2022 he did the same, working on a novel set mostly in Iceland during the middle of the 1900s.

Portrait by Beowulf Sheehan


Delta Omicron

Salvatore Scibona worked in the Delta Omicron studio.

Delta Omicron Studio was funded by members of the musical fraternity in 1927. The building design is somewhat medieval in character, with an unusual cedar shingle pattern, a steeply pitched slate roof, intersecting gables, and small windows. After a 2016 deep-energy renovation, Delta Omicron is now the most energy efficient studio on the property. To enhance an…

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