Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Sofia Thanhauser

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017, 2023

Sofi Thanhauser is a writer, artist, and musician, based in Brooklyn. She is the author of Worn: A People’s History of Clothing (Pantheon, January 2022), which was a New Yorker Best Book of 2022 and was featured as Harper's Buzziest Book of 2022. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright, MacDowell, Ucross, and the Millay Colony, among others. Her work has appeared in Vox, The Guardian, Observer Magazine, Dame, and LitHub.

At MacDowell in 2017, Thanhauser completed a draft of her essay collection, Notes Towards the Definition of Clothing. During her 2023 Fellowship, she completed a series of text/image works with ink on Bristol board and completed a first draft of a new fiction project.



Sofia Thanhauser worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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