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Delta Omicron

Ingrid Arauco: Music Composition

Ingrid Arauco, Wilmington, DE, is a composer working on a brass quintet for The Brass Project, which will be performed in Philadelphia in November. Her works have been performed by pianists Marilyn Nonken and Charles Abramovic, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, cellists John Koen and Jason Calloway, and ensembles Third Sound and Chamber Orchestra First Editions. Her solo albums, Invocation and Vistas are published by Albany Records.

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Pageant Theatre


The amphitheater, with its backdrop of Mount Monadnock, was built in 1910, originally of wood. Stone seats replaced the originals in 1919 and the location was once used to stage pageants involving Peterborough residents.


Annette Lawrence: Visual Art – drawing

Annette Lawrence, Denton, TX, is working on an interactive piece where viewers will select a date in a sequence of calendars that lead to text, offering an intimate exploration of an otherwise abstract representation of time. Her work is held in museums, and private collections including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, and others. She received a B.F.A. from The Hartford Art School and an M.F.A. from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is professor of studio art at the University of North Texas.

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Phi Beta

Mimi Pond: Literature – nonfiction

Mimi Pond, Los Angeles, CA, is beginning a new graphic novel, a biography and examination of Britain's six Mitford Sisters. She is a cartoonist and writer whose graphic novels include Over Easy, (2014) and its sequel, The Customer is Always Wrong. (2017). Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice,, The Paris Review, and American Bystander. She has also written for TV, including the 1989 premiere episode The Simpsons.

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Lesley Arimah: Literature – fiction

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Saint Louis Park, MN, is writing a work of magical realism set in a fictional Nigeria. She is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta and other publications.

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MacDowell Studios: Mansfield

Morgan Gould: Theatre – playwriting

Morgan Gould, New York, NY, is developing her newest play, Three Fat Sisters. She is a New Dramatists resident playwright, a 2017-18 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the artistic director of Morgan Gould & Friends – her theater company. She is also currently developing a TV series for Amazon and Will Graham/ Field Trip Productions.

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Colony Hall


Originally built as the barn for the Tenney farm, Colony Hall’s conversion into a community center for artists began in 1913. A wing and insulation were added in 1971, and a full renovation was completed in 2008. Currently, artists congregate for breakfast and dinner in the dining room, gather for presentations in Bond Hall in the evenings, and the building serves as the administrative offices for the Colony.


Jung Yun: Literature – fiction

Jung Yun, Baltimore, MD, is working on her second novel, O Beautiful, about the residents of a small North Dakota town overrun with newcomers seeking work during the 2008 oil boom. Her debut, Shelter, was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers finalist. She teaches creative writing at the George Washington University. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, Atlantic Monthly, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

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New Jersey

Magogodi Makhene: Literature – fiction

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene, Hudson Valley, NY, is working on Innards, a collection of interwoven short stories spanning the early days of apartheid South Africa and beyond, as well as her debut novel. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and Guernica. She was nominated for the 2017 Caine Prize in African Writing, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was named a Truman Capote Fellow and won the David Relin Prize for Fiction.

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Jia Tolentino: Literature – nonfiction

Jia Tolentino, Brooklyn, NY, is working on an essay collection about contemporary self-delusion. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker, formerly the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times Magazine, TIME, Grantland, Slate, Pitchfork, Bon Appetit, SPIN, and FaTder.

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Dexter L. Booth, El Segundo, CA, is working on his second book, Welcome to the Coon Show, a collection of poems investigating the connections between African myth, American pop culture, and police violence against minorities. He is the author of Scratching the Ghost. His poems have been included in The Best American Poetry 2015, Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, and other publications.


Jennifer Karady: Visual Art – photography

Jennifer Karady, Brooklyn, NY, is working on a new series of photographs and video. Her critically acclaimed Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, has exhibited widely, including at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the University of Michigan, SF Camerawork, and CEPA. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour, National Public Radio, in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Polka, and reviewed in Frieze. Upcoming group exhibitions include Mass MoCA, the Peabody Essex, and John Jay College.

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Tod Lippy: Visual Art – mixed media

Tod Lippy, Brooklyn, NY, is the creator of the award-winning nonprofit arts publication Esopus. He is creating a book-length limited-edition artwork out of the first 25 issues. His 2000 book, Projections 11: New York Film-Makers on Film-Making, was published by Faber & Faber, and his 1999 short film, "Cookies," was featured in film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. He has also curated many exhibitions.

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Lauren Wolkstein: Film/Video – screenplay

Lauren Wolkstein, Brooklyn, NY, is a filmmaker originally from Baltimore working on a new screenplay. Her debut feature The Strange Ones, starring James Freedson-Jackson and Alex Pettyfer, premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim in 2017. It was selected by John Waters as one of the top ten films of the year in Artforum. Her short films have shown around the world. She directed an episode of Queen Sugar for the show’s third season. Wolkstein, a 2017-2018 Women at Sundance Fellow, teaches film and media arts at Temple University.

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Shira Dentz: Literature – poetry

Shira Dentz, Menands, NY, is working on a hybrid memoir composed of poetry, prose, and visual elements. Her writing appears widely in journals including Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Iowa Review and has been featured in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series and on NPR. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets' Prize and Poetry Society of America's Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Awards.

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Rinde Eckert: Theatre – musical theatre

Rinde Eckert, Nyack, NY, is at work on a music-theater piece based on the life and writings of Mark Twain. He is a writer, composer, singer, actor, and director whose works have been performed internationally. Among them are: And God Created Great Whales (Obie Award), Horizon (Lucille Lortel Award, and Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play), and Orpheus X (2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist). In 2012 he won a GRAMMY Award for Lonely Motel - Music from Slide.

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Sophie Yanow: Literature – fiction

Sophie Yanow, Brattleboro, VT, is a cartoonist creating an autofiction graphic novel about a political coming-of-age. Her first graphic novel, War of Streets and Houses, was nominated for TCAF's Doug Wright Spotlight Award and the Ignatz Award. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Fusion, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Lifted Brow, and The Comics Journal. She is the translator of Pretending is Lying by Dominique Goblet.

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The Cid Ricketts Sumner memorial gazebo was built in 1974 in honor of one of the Colony’s liveliest Fellows. When Sumner died in 1970 a spontaneous outpouring of sentiment from other Fellows led to the construction of the pavilion. A bronze plaque next to it has lines composed by the writer.

Irving Fine

Jesús Castillo: Literature – poetry

Jesús Castillo, Oceanside, CA, was born in Ciudad Valles, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico in 1986. He moved to California with his parents and sister in 1998. He has a B.A. in literature from U.C. San Diego and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His debut poetry collection, Remains, was published by McSweeney's in 2016.

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Eugene Coleman Savidge Library


The original stone structure was completed in 1928 and was mated last year with new space designed by internationally renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien of New York and crafted by Tim Groesbeck Construction of Sharon, New Hampshire. The combined old and new spaces of our energy efficient library provide 4,000 square feet of space for research and collaboration.


Taylor Brorby: Literature – nonfiction

Taylor Brorby, Geneva, NY, is at work on a memoir, Coal and Oil: The Environmental Education of a Fossil Fuel Baby. His books include Crude: Poems and Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience. He is the co-editor of the anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. He is reviews editor at Orion Magazine, contributing editor for North American Review, and teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Cecilia Aldarondo: Film/Video – documentary

Cecilia Aldarondo, Mechanicville, NY, is an award-winning director-producer whose feature documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart debuted at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on POV. She is a 2017 Women at Sundance Fellow and was one of Filmmaker Magazine's “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, The MacDowell Colony, Jerome Foundation, and many others. She is assistant professor of film at Skidmore College.

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The Graves


When Edward MacDowell deeded the land for a public golf course to the local golf association, he kept a small plot for himself. At the time it was open meadow and he liked to stop at the boulder to watch the sun set. The gravesite of both Edward and Marian MacDowell once drew a large number of admirers.

Pan's Cottage


Built in 1919, was built as an annex to The Eaves to house artists. It was given by the Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity, a fraternity for men in the field of music, and was renamed in 1926 after the fraternity’s publication, Pan Pipes.


Ellen McLaughlin: Theatre – libretto

Ellen McLaughlin, Nyack, NY, is a playwright working on a libretto for a new opera based on a fragment of a play by Aeschylus, The Suppliant Women. Her work has been produced internationally, and includes Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, and Infinity's House. She is also an actor, best known for originating the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production through its Broadway run. She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995.

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The Eaves


Possibly the oldest structure on the grounds and dated before 1785, The Eaves was originally the Tenney farmhouse and was converted to an artists’ residence in 1913. While the interior was quite changed during remodeling, the exterior still appears much as it did throughout the 19th century.


Lee Anne Schmitt: Film/Video – experimental

Lee Anne Schmitt, Los Angeles, CA, is a filmmaker working on a series of short films called Evidence; each of these films focuses on exploring historical processes through a delineation of personal histories. Much of her work revolves around landscape, objects, and the traces of political systems left upon them. She has exhibited widely and screened at festivals internationally. Her work is supported by the Graham Foundation and Creative Capital; she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

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The MacDowell’s home was originally built in 1780. Already more than 100 years old when the MacDowells moved in, it was added to numerous times, including the historic music room on the north end. Since 1959, it has housed five resident directors.

Eastman (formerly Shop)

Michael Stamm: Visual Art – painting

Michael Stamm, Brooklyn, NY, is a painter working on two projects. First, a series of paintings of tinctures for a December two person show in Miami. Second, he will be doing preliminary research and studies for a large-scale exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, tentatively scheduled for June 2019. He has a B.A. from Wesleyan, an M.A. in English lit from Columbia, and an M.F.A. from NYU. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, and The Village Voice.

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Mary Lum: Visual Art – painting

Mary Lum, North Adams, MA, is building on the theory and form of her large-scale murals, titled Assembly (Lorem Ipsum), on view at Mass MoCA. Lum works across media and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work, exhibited widely, has appeared in Esopus, Harper’s, and Elle Décor, with reviews in Artforum, ARTnews, and other publications.

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Edward MacDowell's Log Cabin


The first studio, Marian MacDowell had the log cabin built for Edward in 1899 so he could compose undisturbed at a spot on one of his favorite walking paths. After discovering the partially built structure, Edward supervised its completion and, against the advice of a friend, equipped it with a piano.


Carmina Escobar: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Carmina Escobar, Los Angeles, CA, is an experimental vocalist, performer, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City who is at work on a project that that looks into the poetic and sonic sculptural possibilities of suspended instruments while exploring the subject of Vulnerability for the performance of her piece Pura Entraña (Pure Gut) to be premiered in November of this year at RedCat in Los Angeles.

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New Hampshire

John Kelly: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

John Kelly, New York, NY, is completing a graphic novel A Friend Gave Me A Book. Based on a trapeze accident, it is set in a hospital ward and includes a Caravaggio leitmotif as an alternate reality. He is also beginning a new performance work based on the life of Samuel Steward, a university professor who left academia to become a tattoo artist and writer of erotica. Underneath The Skin will premiere in 2019 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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Stephen Kuusisto: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction

Stephen Kuusisto, Syracuse, NY, is writing a novel about the mysteries of voice and how a man who grew up in the poorest slums of Naples, Italy, could achieve levels of operatic excellence that remain unrivaled: the “Great Caruso.” Kuusisto is a poet and nonfiction writer who has recently published his third memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey.

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Garland (formerly Baetz)

Jayne Anne Phillips: Literature – fiction

Jayne Anne Phillips, Jamaica Plain, MA, is writing a Civil War era novel concerning West Virginia’s Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum. A National Book Award Finalist and (twice) a National Book Critic’s Award Finalist in fiction, she is the author of five novels, Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, MotherKind, Shelter, and Machine Dreams, and two widely anthologized story collections, Fast Lanes, and Black Tickets.

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Monday Music

Mark Dresser: Music Composition

Mark Dresser, Encinitas, CA, is building upon the musical and critical success of Sedimental You for the Mark Dresser 7, composing a second CD's length of compositions for the same ensemble. Dresser is a Grammy nominated bass player, improviser, and composer. He has recorded more than 140 CDs including nine CDs as composer/bandleader, six solo recordings, and a DVD. He was a member of Anthony Braxton’s Quartet and is professor of music at University of California, San Diego.

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Casting Shed


Now used primarily as storage, the Casting Shed was once used by artists for casting sculpture. It has been in the current location since the 1920s.

Foreman’s Cottage


The Foreman’s Cottage was built soon after The MacDowell’s purchased Hillcrest and was reportedly designed by Edward MacDowell. Not much has changed since building was completed in 1900, aside from typical improvements, and it houses the Colony’s foreman to this day.


Julia Bland: Visual Art – mixed media

Julia Bland, Brooklyn, NY, is developing a body of 2D and 3D works. Her works incorporate painting and weaving. Bland’s solo exhibitions include “Underbelly” at Helena Anrather in 2018, “Things to Say at Night” at 17 Essex in 2017, and “If You Want To Be Free” at On Stellar Rays in 2015. Reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Critical, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The Villager, Artefuse, Hyperalleric, and Sculpture Magazine.

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Philip Clark: Literature – nonfiction

Philip Clark, Falls Church, VA, is writing a biography of the gay publisher and First Amendment pioneer H. Lynn Womack, whose court case in 1962 was a significant victory in the fight for gay and lesbian written and visual expression. Clark is co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton. His essays and reviews about gay and lesbian literature, history, and art have appeared in numerous journals and books.

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Andrew Sean Greer: Literature – fiction

Andrew Sean Greer, San Francisco, CA, is writing a tragicomic exploration of American life. He is the author of six works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Story of a Marriage, and most recently Less, which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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The Lodge


Nicknamed ”Mrs. MacDowell’s Folly” because it took 11 years to complete, The Lodge was finished in 1924 and serves as an artists’ residency hall. The first floor of the north wing is Banks Studio, and an annex built in 1926 serves as Heyward Studio.