August 17, 2022
Best-selling author Carmen Maria Machado will be Sidney Harman’s Writer-in-Residence for the Fall 2022 semester at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
Machado, who published his famous memoirs In the dream house in 2019, is also the author of a graphic novel The woods low, low and the award-winning short story collection Her body and other parties.
She was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, Shirley Jackson Award, and National John Leonard Prize. of the Book Critics Circle.
In 2018, the New York Times listing Her body and other parties as a member of “The New Vanguard”, one of “15 Remarkable Books by Women Shaping How We Read and Write Fiction in the 21st Century”.
In a magazine for New York Times, critic Parul Sehgal wrote that Machado’s work is “a love letter to a stubborn genre that will not be gentrified.” It’s wild stuff, this book, covered in glitter and scale, blazing with fabulist influence from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and the horror.
An “exciting” course for students
This fall, Machado, who holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, will teach a class on horror, mystery, and suspense. In the description of the course, which students applied to last semester, Machado invites students to “come and face the darkness.”
According to the description, students “will read a wide range of works in the [horror genre] and ultimately creating their own clever, weird, and original contributions to the genres of slow, almost unbearable ratcheting tension and heart-pounding terror.
“I am delighted to welcome Carmen Maria Machado to the Harman Writer-in-Residence program,” said Professor Esther Allen, Harman Program Director. “His unique, award-winning style and writing brings new genres –– horror, mystery and suspense –– to the curriculum, and students will appreciate his fresh and truly groundbreaking approach to creating fiction for a 21st audience of the century.
About the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program
The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, endowed at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, brings a distinguished writer to campus each semester. Past participants have been Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, National Book Winners and Poet Laureates, including acclaimed playwrights Tony Kushner and Stew Stewart, novelist Xialou Guo and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Carmen Maria Mochado is the 49e Writer-in-Residence, as the program closes its 24th year.
Endowed by former student of Dr. Sidney Harman (’39), the Harman Residence reflects his belief that “good writing is revelatory. It is not simply a transfer of fully formed material from brain to paper. Writing is an act of magical creation; writing is a discovery.
The Harman program is based on an intense workshop design, where guest writers teach small classes and conduct one-on-one lectures. Students are encouraged to refine their personal styles and find their own creative voice.
Next semester: Baruch alumnus returns as writer-in-residence
Harman’s spring 2023 writer-in-residence is Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, who graduated from Baruch in 1973.
Students wishing to apply in the Spring 2023 course should visit the program page here.
Applications will open on October 31.