My Civitella was a renaissance into deep sensory pleasure, which daily life and the intense pressures of juggling a family and career has slowly diminished over these past few decades. I was exhausted, beyond exhausted, before coming. The change wrought has been internal and comes from waking into a beautiful room, into a whole day of sunlight and freedom to pursue what feels most joyous to pursue. The work I did here was good–I set fire to a novel, I wrote a story that has pressed on me for decades–but the real work is ineffable, spiritual, and will show itself more clearly in my work in the months and years to come.
01/24/2023: 2023 PEN Longlists Announced
02/15/2022: Two Civitellians in One New Yorker
02/11/2022: “Annunciation” by Lauren Groff in the New Yorker
09/21/2021: 2021 National Book Awards Longlist Announced
05/02/2021: Lauren Groff in the New Yorker