Rochelle Marrett is a Jamaican fiction writer whose work seeks, at once, to be both an ode to her country and a critical examination of certain socio-political sentiments. Her writing also strives to articulate the everyday complexities of Black immigrant life in a manner that is a compelling and unsettling disruption of long-held assumptions. Rochelle is a MacDowell Fellow, a 2021 Pen America Emerging Voices Fellow, and a 2019 Room Project Fellow. Her work has been longlisted for the 2021 Disquiet Fiction Prize and has received support from The Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, among others. Rochelle also holds a BA in English from The College of Wooster where she graduated with honors and currently resides in Metro Detroit with her husband and daughter.
Project Description: During the course of this residency, Rochelle will be working on her cross-cultural debut novel which examines the elasticity of friendship in the coarse context of cultural dogma.