Applications for the 2020 Edith Wharton-in-Residence program will open on August 1, 2019. Additional information will be available July 1, 2019.

The 2019 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2018 for her profile of white supremacist and mass murderer Dylann Roof. She was also a National Magazine Award finalist in 2014 for her profile of elusive comedian Dave Chappelle. Her work has also appeared in The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Rolling Stone, Transition, and The New Republic among other publications. Her first book, The Explainers and the Explorers, is forthcoming from Scribner. Rachel will use her time at The Mount to work on her book which explains 400 years (1605-2017) of black American history through profiles. Rachel was recently featured on PBS Brief But Spectacular. 

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe AtlanticSlate, and The Moscow Times. Her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, is forthcoming from Knopf in the US and Scribner in the UK, as well as publishers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and China. She will use her time at The Mount to revise her second book By Force, which is about a woman who discovers that her husband as a teenager took part in a sexual assault of one of his classmates.

Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006). She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. Her most recent work Proust’s Duchess was published in 2018, and she will use the time at The Mount to work on the second book in the series.

Past Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence


  • Elif Batuman
  • Buzzy Jackson
  • Kate Reed Petty


  • Christene Barberich
  • Donna M. Lucey
  • Vanessa Manko


  • Claire McMillan
  • Yvonne Puig
  • Koren Zailckas


  • Natalie Dykstra


  • Kate Bolick
  • Francesca Segal