The 2018 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. Her first novel, The Idiot, debuted in March 2017 to great critical praise.

Buzzy Jackson is the award-winning author of the nonfiction books, The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life, A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them, Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Blood, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist, and the novel Effie Perine. She is a book critic for the Boston Globe, has a PhD in History from UC Berkeley and is a Research Affiliate with the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West.

Kate Reed Petty is a fiction writer based in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ambit, and Nat. Brut. She has been recognized with a Narrative Magazine “30 Below” award and a 2017 Rubys Artist Project Grant, and her children’s graphic novel, “Chasma Knights,” is forthcoming from First Second Books (Macmillan) in May 2018.

Thank you to everyone who applied. Please check back in August for information on our 2019 residency.