Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein is a former editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Elsa Morante, among others, and is the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi in English.

Ann Goldstein is a former editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Elsa Morante, among others, and is the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Photo credit: E. Tammy Kim)

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes (Chair) is the award-winning author of several books for adults and young people including the New York Times bestsellers Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of several books for adults and young people including the New York Times bestsellers Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother. Dr. Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair and Narrative Studies Professor at Arizona State University.

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Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is a writer of fiction, opinion pieces and other ephemera. Her 2020 novel A Children’s Bible was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Best 10 Books of 2020.

Lydia Millet is a writer of fiction, opinion pieces, and other ephemera. Her 2020 novel A Children’s Bible was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best 10 Books of 2020. In 2019 she received an Award of Merit for the Short Story from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her 2010 story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Since 1999 she has been an editor at the Center for Biological Diversity, a group dedicated to fighting extinction and climate change. She lives in the Arizona desert.

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Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff (Chair) is a three-time National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Her books include Fates and Furies, Florida, Matrix, and most recently, The Vaster Wilds.

Lauren Groff (Chair) is a three-time National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Her books include Fates and Furies, Florida, Matrix, and most recently, The Vaster Wilds.
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Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea (Chair) is a Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the bestselling author of 18 books. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, and an Edgar Award. (Photo credit: Brave Lux Joe Mazza)

Luis Alberto Urrea (Chair) is a Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the bestselling author of 18 books. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, and an Edgar Award. His most recent book, The House of Broken Angels was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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Nell Painter

Nell Painter (Chair), the author of The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, is Madame Chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors. (Photo credit: Dwight Carter)

Nell Painter (Chair), the author of The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, is Madame Chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors. She writes opinion pieces for the New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Paris Review, and other journals when not painting self-portraits and reading artist’s books that visualize people and history.

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Cathryn Mercier

Cathryn Mercier (Chair) directs the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the graduate degree programs in Literature for Children and Young Adults at Simmons University. She contributed to the anthologies Keywords for Children’s Literature and Teaching Young Adult Literature.

Cathryn Mercier (Chair) directs the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the graduate degree programs in Literature for Children and Young Adults at Simmons University. She contributed to the anthologies Keywords for Children’s Literature and Teaching Young Adult Literature.  She has served on the committees for the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, the Geisel Award, the Sibert Medal, the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. She has been a board member of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012A Public SpaceMcSweeney’sTin HouseOxford AmericanAmerican Short FictionVirginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of sixteen books, including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, a New York Times bestseller; and her latest book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of sixteen books, including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, a New York Times bestseller; and her latest book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing. She is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2019, Terry Tempest Williams was given The Robert Kirsch Award, a lifetime achievement prize given to a writer with a substantial contribution to the American West. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. She divides her time between the red rock desert of Utah and Cambridge, Massachusetts.