Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Tatiana Johnson-Boria

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Boston, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her) is the author of the forthcoming book Nocturne in Joy (2023). Her writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. At MacDowell she worked on a memoir about her relationship with her mother and the parallels between her mother's schizophrenia diagnosis and her own PTSD diagnosis. She was recently awarded the 2021 Brother Thomas Fellowship, consisting of an unrestricted grant that she will use to continue this project.

Her work has been selected as a finalist for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (2020), the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest (2020), the Solstice Literary Poetry Prize (2020), and others. She’s received honorable mention for the 2021 and 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. Tatiana completed her M.F.A. in creative writing at Emerson College and is a 2021 Tin House Scholar. Find her work in or forthcoming at Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, and others.

Portrait by Mel Taing



Tatiana Johnson-Boria worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers working in several disciplines. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field…

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