Discipline: Literature – fiction

Tommy Orange

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Angels Camp, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014, 2019

Novelist Tommy Orange, a Native (in both the sense that he was born and grew up in the yet to be mentioned location, and because he is Native in the Native American/American Indian sense, which kind of Native American...? to be specific: Southern Cheyenne) of Oakland, CA. While at MacDowell, he worked on his first novel, There There, which became a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.



Tommy Orange 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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