Discipline: Literature – fiction

Yahaira Lawrence

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Sleepy Hollow, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017

Yahaira Lawrence is a fiction writer whose work focuses on her Dominican and Black heritage and her upbringing in the South Bronx. She's a Tin House Summer Workshop participant and a Jack Jones Literary Arts fellow. She was also recognized as a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Finalist in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Kweli Journal and several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

At MacDowell, she was awarded the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship and started working on a novel where she explores the relationship between mothers and their children after a prolonged separation and the intergenerational pain and trauma it creates within families.



Yahaira Lawrence worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers working in several disciplines. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field…

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