Discipline: Literature – fiction

Tess Gunty

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Tess Gunty's debut novel, The Rabbit Hutch, received the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, and the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. It was a finalist for the John Leonard Prize and the British Book Award for Debut Fiction and was named one of 12 Essential Reads by The New Yorker, and a best book of the year by The New York Times, NPR, People, Oprah Daily, LitHub, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus, and TIME.

Gunty grew up in South Bend, IN, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow.

At MacDowell, she worked on her second novel.

Portrait by Lauren Alexandra



Tess Gunty 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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