2023 New Hampshire Benefit

May 6, 2023

We are pleased to announce that thanks to New England supporters and guests who came out to celebrate, we surpassed our fundraising goal for the 2023 MacDowell New Hampshire Benefit hosted by MacDowell Fellow and Board Member Peter Cameron (8x, 84-08) and featuring MacDowell Fellows Rodrigo Martínez Torres (19) and Joanna Rakoff (03, 19). This year, the New Hampshire Benefit returned to Bond Hall, the heart of the MacDowell campus, where artists-in-residence dine and gather.

The evening started with a cocktail reception in the James Baldwin Library, where guests had the opportunity to meet Chiwoniso Kaitano, the new Executive Director of MacDowell. Then, dinner from the MacDowell kitchen was served in Bond Hall, followed by artist presentations. Learn more about the artist participants and view a slideshow below.

Black and white photograph of MacDowell supporters gathered in the main hall at MacDowell at the New Hampshire Benefit in 2014. Four people are seated at a table in the foreground with a tall floral arrangement on the left.

(Jonathan Gourlay photo)

Scenes from the 2023 New Hampshire Benefit

Artist Participants

From left to right: Peter Cameron by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, Joanna Rakoff by Mark Ostow, Rodrigo Martínez Torres by Jose García Rojas

From left to right: Peter Cameron by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, Joanna Rakoff by Mark Ostow, Rodrigo Martínez Torres by Jose García Rojas

Peter Cameron is a MacDowell Board member and a fiction writer who is best known for his novels Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, and What Happens at Night. He is the founding editor of Shrinking Violet Press, where he has published two books of MacDowellania: Dieter at MacDowell: Summer, 1939 and Untied: Memoirs by Mary Carswell, the former Executive Director and MacDowell board member. He lives in New York City and Sandgate, Vermont.

Joanna Rakoff
is the author of the international bestselling memoir My Salinger Year and the bestselling novel A Fortunate Age, winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction and the Elle Readers’ Prize. Rakoff’s books have been translated into twenty languages, and the film adaptation of My Salinger Year, directed by Oscar-nominee Philippe Falardeau, opened in theaters worldwide in 2021 and is now streaming. She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from MacDowell, Sewanee, Bread Loaf, Jerome Foundation, Authors’ Guild, PEN, Ragdale Foundation, Art OMI/Ledig House, and Saltonstall; and has taught at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and Aspen Words. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Porter, and elsewhere, and her new memoir, The Fifth Passenger, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2024.

Rodrigo Martínez Torres
is a composer interested in the abstraction of popular musical languages as a tool for new creations. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who performs in different genres and styles. Born in Mexico City in 1992, he studied music composition in Academia de Arte de Florencia and in Núcleo Integral de Composición (CDMX). He holds a Master’s in Electroacoustic Composition from Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (Madrid, Spain), and is currently pursuing an MA in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College, where he was the winner of the 2020 Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Composition for his piece “Mambo Urbano” for chamber orchestra. Besides being a composer whose music has been performed internationally, he has played in many ensembles, including as a vocalist and composer in Monstruos del Mañana, in the Mexican band Supersilverhaze, and as a bassist in La Chinaca, a cumbia band based in London.

New Hampshire Benefit Committee

Andi Axman
Ellen and Ed Bernard
Eleanor Briggs
Ellen Draper
Amelia Dunlop
Peter and Katherine Frid
Betsy Gardella and Jim Smith
Sarah Garland-Hoch
Frank Guerra and Scott Manning
Kit Henry
Rosemary James
Emily Noelle Lambert
Robert Larsen
Monica Lehner
Dave and Terry Martland
Mollie Miller
Jamie Trowbridge

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