On Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. ET, the MacDowell community and the family and friends of Katherine Min gathered to celebrate the endowment of the Katherine Min Fellowship with an evening of readings and commemoration.
Fellows Victoria Chang (19)—the inaugural recipient of the Katherine Min Fellowship— and Cathy Park Hong (7x 03-18) read from their work, and Katherine’s daughter, Kayla Min Andrews, will read a selection from her mother’s work and her own. After the readings, Marie Myung-Ok Lee (04) moderated a commemoration of Katherine’s life and legacy, inviting participants who knew Katherine to share their stories and memories.
Katherine Min, a writer and educator, held eight residencies at MacDowell between 1995 and 2013. During her 2001 residency, she finished the first draft of her novel Secondhand World, which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize. Along with the uninterrupted time to write, Katherine loved MacDowell for its picnic basket lunches, friendly pool games, late night dance parties, and the opportunity to meet and share work with other artists. She cherished the lifelong friendships she made at MacDowell and was a beloved member of the MacDowell community.
In honor of the life and legacy of Katherine Min, her family and friends established the Katherine Min Fellowship for Asian American writers at MacDowell. This permanently endowed fellowship will allow MacDowell to continue to elevate Asian American voices and to strengthen relationships with the Asian American writers community.