Nelly Rosario

Nelly Rosario

Author | Song of the Water Saints

Nelly Rosario is the author of the novel Song of the Water Saintswinner of a PEN/Open Book Award. Born in the Dominican Republic, she was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received an SB in engineering from MIT and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. Her honors include a Sherwood Anderson Award in Fiction and a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature for desveladas, a collaborative graphic-novel project of visual conversations about the Americas. She currently teaches at Williams College and is researcher and writer for the MIT Black History Project. Rosario is also at work on a speculative novel about medicine, an excerpt of which appears in the recently published anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life.
Photo: Sandro Morán

Writing Outside Your Experience: Listening, Learning, and Working to Get It Right

Maroney Theater, 7th floor

“All fiction writers, regardless of our cultural backgrounds, must acknowledge the privileges and responsibilities that come with the job,” notes Kirsten Chen in “Am I Chinese Enough to Tell This Story?” ( It is important to question why and how we are telling stories, particularly when they lie outside our experience. A group of fiction […]