Discipline: Literature – fiction

Titi Nguyen

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Flushing, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Through themes of love, identity, alienation, and labor, fiction writer Titi Nguyen explores fragmentation, multiplicities, belief systems, and the degrees of desire and consumption inscribed upon the female body. Her narratives explore the tension of living between borders, cultures, and languages as she navigates personal and public landscapes of loneliness and landlessness within self, home, country. Titi attended Sarah Lawrence College and then earned her M.F.A. at Bennington College. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Paris Review, and others. She was awarded scholarships and residencies at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Hedgebrook.

While at MacDowell, Titi worked on the first draft of her hybrid novel about freedom, loving responsibly, ghosts, and what it means to be American.



Titi Nguyen 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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