Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Sheri Fink

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2011, 2013, 2022

Sheri Fink is a New York Times correspondent and the author of the bestselling book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, 2013). The landmark account of choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A physician and neuroscientist by training, Fink is at work on a book about the coronavirus pandemic, which she worked on during her 2022 Fellowship at MacDowell.

During her 2011 Fellowship, Fink wrote part of Five Days at Memorial. The book grew out of her reporting on disasters, including The Deadly Choices at Memorial, a New York Times Magazine and ProPublica story that was recognized with a 2010 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award in reporting. She also delivered a MacDowell Downtown presentation, "Rationing Health: Who Lives? Who Decides?"

In 2013 she completed the manuscript for Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.



Sheri Fink worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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