Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Snigdha Poonam

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New Delhi, INDIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Snigdha Poonam is the author of Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing Their World, a book of creative nonfiction that has been globally distributed, widely reviewed, and optioned for film and television. The book won 2018’s Crossword Award for nonfiction and was longlisted in 2019 for PEN America Literary Awards. Her articles and essays have appeared in Scroll, The Times of India, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Granta, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The Financial Times.

While at MacDowell, she finished the last chapter of her second book, The Scammers, a work of narrative nonfiction that explores news forms of corruption in India’s political economy. The book will be published by the Penguin Random House India in 2023.


Irving Fine

Snigdha Poonam worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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