Michael Chabon Named Chairman at the MacDowell Colony


By Maryann Yin Comment

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is the new chairman of the MacDowell Colony’s board of directors.

The nine-time MacDowell Colony fellow had this statement: “MacDowell is a miracle that has come through for me many times over the years. Serving as board chair gives me the opportunity to repay my indebtedness just a tiny bit.”

Chabon (pictured, via Stephanie Rausser) will succeed Robert MacNeil. Chabon will tackle MacDowell’s $13 million Campaign for the Second Century, a project to fortify the Colony’s endowment and fund a new library and media center.

Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer prize for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  In the current issue of McSweeney’s, he published the first four chapters of Fountain City–a “wrecked” novel Chabon abandoned in 1992.