Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Susan Orlean

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Los Angeles, CA and Columbia County, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2010, 2015

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992, and is the author of seven books, including The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. She was a 2003 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts. She is currently writing a history of the Los Angeles Public Library and the arson fire that nearly destroyed it in 1986.

Portrait by Noah Fecks


Monday Music

Susan Orlean worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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