Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, social, and political issues. He worked on his first novel, The Walkers, the story of a Civil War era Virginia family, while at MacDowell. He is the author of the books Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power. His debut memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, was published in 2008.
Ta-Nehisi Coates worked in the Wood studio.
Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…