Discipline: Literature – fiction

Virginia Reeves

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Helena, MT
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Virginia Reeves is the author of Work Like Any Other, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It has been translated into multiple languages, and the French translation was recently adapted into a graphic novel. Her second novel, The Behavior of Love, was released in 2019.

At MacDowell, she worked on a semi-autobiographical novel tentatively called Shelter, which follows the life of a literature professor who is abandoned—in the quiet of a shelter-in-place mandate—by the ghosts of her two daughters who have been haunting her regularly since their respective deaths.

Portrait by Suzanne Koett



Virginia Reeves worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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