Discipline: Literature

Theda Kenyon

Discipline: Literature
Region: Monclair, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 1928

Theda Kenyon (9/19/1894-11/16/1997) was a writer and lecturer best known for authoring a book on witches. She lived most of her life in Brooklyn, NY and was first published in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1907. She continued writing poetry for different magazine including The Argosy, Munsey’s, Everybody’s Magazine, McCall’s, Breezy Stories, and The Red Cross Magazine. She was also published in The New York Times by age 36.

Kenyon wrote many short stories and books over the course of her career including, Jeanne, Certain Ladies, Scarlet Anne, Pendulum, and more. She also read from her poetry and prose on the radio and as a guest speaker at women’s cubs and other social and cultural groups. Kenyon died on Montclair, NJ at 103 years old.



Theda Kenyon worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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