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"Mr. Chowder is incapable of writing a bad sentence." – The New Yorker

About Ken Chowder

Ken Chowder

Ken Chowder

Ken Chowder was born in Manhattan and raised in New England, and so has always tried to remain strictly neutral in the War Between the Chowders.

He was published, if not honored, at the age of twelve: the local newspaper, The New Milford [Conn.] Times, generously ran his story about George Washington’s medical history… and then, somewhat less generously, printed the piece under his older brother’s name (Andy). It would be his last publication for seventeen years… until a summer intern at Harper’s happened across his entry for the Harper-Saxton Prize, Blackbird Days. Harper’s gave him the prize, published his book, and he’s been making a living as a writer ever since. This happy fact assuredly accounts for his implacably sweet temper.

Chowder has one wife and one child, and lives with them both, to their continuing happiness, whether they know it or not.

For awards and grants given to films Chowder’s written, see Grants/Awards.

INDIVIDUAL PRIZES & AWARDS:
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (twice)
Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship (twice)
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Fellowship
Shifting Foundation Fellowship
Artists Foundation Fellowship
Oregon Arts Commission Grant
Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Fellowship
Harper-Saxton Prize

ARTIST RESIDENCIES:
Djerassi Foundation (four times)
Yaddo (twice)
MacDowell Colony
Montalvo Center for the Arts (twice)
Centrum Foundation
Ossabaw Island Project