Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Virginia Eubanks

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Troy, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Virginia Eubanks is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, winner of the 2019 Lillian Smith Book Award and the 2018 McGannon Center Book Prize.

Her investigative reporting and personal essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, The Guardian, Harper’s, and Wired. With Andrea Quijada, she is currently gathering oral histories of the global automated welfare state for Voice of Witness.

Eubanks spent her time at MacDowell wrestling with thorny structural issues and completing several chapters of her first memoir, The Guide to Open Water Lifesaving: A Caregiver's Journey into PTSD. She also discovered the extraordinary craft community of southern New Hampshire and learned to carve spoons.

Portrait by Sadaf Rassoul Cameron


New Jersey

Virginia Eubanks worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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