Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship

Linda Lee McDonald

Linda Lee McDonald is 2017's recipient of the Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship, awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up.

In residence December 18 - December 30, 2017

Linda Lee McDonald is a fiction writer, memoirist, poet and a teacher. As a single parent, she earned her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual focus on fiction and poetry. More recently, she was selected as a 2016 Finalist for the Southeastern Review’s World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest and her poem, “Enlisting,” was included in the 2016 anthology of poetry and art, Verse Envisioned. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Chaos Journal of Personal NarrativePeeking Cat, 5AM and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday poem. McDonald has taught creative writing and English at the University of Pittsburgh, the
Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, TX- where she received the Outstanding Teacher of Humanities award from Humanities Texas.
Linda Lee McDonald currently resides with her opinionated corgi, Griffin, and teaches English
and Fiction Workshop at Shady Side Academy.


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at