Discipline: Literature – fiction

T Kira Māhealani Madden

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2014, 2016, 2016

T Kira Māhealani Madden is a Chinese, Kānaka Maoli writer, photographer, and amateur magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, and Yaddo, she serves as the Founding Editor of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. She wrote the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, which is now being developed as a feature film, while in residence at MacDowell. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Sun, and New York Magazine. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz LAMBDA Literary Award, her debut novel, Whidbey, which she plans on finishing during an upcoming stay at MacDowell, is forthcoming from Mariner. She is also at work on a speculative memoir.



T Kira Māhealani Madden worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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