Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Tracie McMillan

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Detroit, MI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Tracie McMillan is the author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Sidney Hillman Book Prize. She is a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, a one-time target of Rush Limbaugh, and has published journalism in The New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, Food & Wine, Mother Jones, and National Geographic.

At MacDowell, worked on her second book, The White Bonus, which combines literary reportage, investigative journalism, and memoir to measure the cash value of being white in America. The book traces the history of her working-to-middle class Michigan family for three generations, tracking how white supremacy in public policy influenced their material progress. It also tells shorter, more discrete stories of five other white families across America and its class system, exploring how racial advantage morphs depending on economic status, and will include a data index quantifying white advantage. She splits her time between Detroit and Brooklyn.

Portrait by Roman Cho



Tracie McMillan worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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