Wendell Steavenson

Current Fellow

Fellow: Awarded 2021

Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Wendell Steavenson is a writer and journalist. She spent much of her professional life in the Caucasus and the Middle East, living at various times in Moscow, Tbilisi, Nagorno Karabakh, Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo and Jerusalem, reporting for Slate.com, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Granta and The New Yorker among other publications. She has published four books; three non-fiction, Stories I Stole about Georgia, The Weight of a Mustard Seed about Iraq, and Circling the Square about the Egyptian Revolution as well as one novel, Paris Metro.

For the past several years she has been based in France, writing fiction and about food and how it reflects and illustrates the larger issues of the day, from climate change and the environment to migration, culture and identity. She spends quite a lot of time thinking about what's for dinner.

Photo Credit: A. Jaulmes