Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Skye C. Cleary

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Skye C. Cleary, Ph.D. M.B.A. is a philosopher and author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2020). Her work has been published with The Paris Review, Aeon, The Times Literary Supplement, TED-Ed, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Cleary teaches at Columbia University, Barnard College, the City University of New York, and previously at the New York Public Library and in a prison.

At MacDowell she finalized her manuscript How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment (St. Martin's Press 2022), a re-examination of the life and work of Beauvoir and her belief that living authentically challenges individuals to create their own meaning and values in their lives by pushing back against oppression and injustice, and cultivating compassion for others. In 2017, Cleary won the New Philosopher Magazine Writers’ Award.

Portrait by Rachael A. Warecki



Skye C. Cleary worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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