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Meeting at MacDowell


We are delighted to be returning to the James Baldwin Library at MacDowell after a hiatus during COVID. Two MacDowell writers, Garrard Conley and Caroline Schmidt, will share their work and speak to the group.

Garrard Conley is the author of The New York Times bestselling 

memoir Boy Erased (Riverhead/Penguin Random House, 2016), adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges. He has written for The New York Times, The Oxford American, The Independent, TIME, VICE, CNN, Virginia Quarterly Review, among others.

A fictionist and poet from Arizona, Caroline Schmidt is a graduate of Emory University and the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program, where she studied fiction and taught undergraduate creative writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction,

Colorado Review, Palette Poetry, and Southern Humanities Review, among others, and her story "Particular Luck" was selected by R.O. Kwon as the winner of the 2021 Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize. While at MacDowell, she'll be working on a psychological novel that engages with the narrative tradition of slipstream.

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