Discipline: Literature – fiction

Vincent Chavez

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Reno, NV
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, CA. His fiction has appeared in Southern Review, Wigleaf, Joyland, Kweli Journal, and the Masters Review. He is a Tin House Scholar and his work has been supported by the Macondo Writers Workshop and the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University.

At MacDowell, Vincent continued work on his debut story collection, Barrio Boys. The collection is a multi-generational saga centered on a family of working-class Mexican-Americans living in Ventura County, CA, and their efforts to reclaim and reinterpret their original cultura.



Vincent Chavez worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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