Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Shira Telushkin

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

Shira Telushkin is a writer, producer, and curator interested in religion, beauty, and the various ways humans create meaning. She has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and many other publications, and has written for a variety of academic and literary journals as well. Her academic background is in the doctrines of physical deification among 4th century Egyptian Christian monks, which she studied at Yale University and the Harvard Divinity School.

During her MacDowell residency, Shira made significant progress on the manuscript of her first book, which examines the ethical costs of holiness pursuits and social retreat in a world desperate for silence, self-care, and escape. She also began to draft two reported essays for magazine publication.



Shira Telushkin worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field extending to the north…

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