October 6, 2019

Areas of Fog: The Audiobook

Narrating my first audiobook was a journey of self-discovery. I now know, for example, that I cannot pronounce the word “peculiarly” no matter how many times I try. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this audiobook. I loved recording it.

October 1, 2019


Vermeer Through a New Lens

I spent last summer learning about the Dutch Golden Age painters, whose uncanny ability to represent our three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface may or may not have been the result of secret experiments with intricate lenses. Whether their virtuosity was the result of God-given talent or occult technology doesn’t really concern me. A painting is only ever as good as the viewer’s eyesight—and mine is far from golden.

I was inspired to create Vermeer Through a New Lens, an exhibit that will be on display at MIT’s Rotch Library from October 12th through November 29th, 2019.

Boston-based writer and artist Will Dowd presents 16 new prints remixing the paintings of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. By manipulating these iconic artworks, Dowd enables others to see these paintings through my eyes—and visual impairment—thereby offering a fresh look at an old master.

August 11, 2019


“Massachusetts Book Award”

Areas of Fog has been named a Nonfiction Must Read by the 18th Annual Massachusetts Book Award! Many thanks to the award committee and the Massachusetts Center for the Book for this honor.

June 17, 2019

“The Recovering Joycean”

Here’s a radio piece I did for WVIA’s ArtScene hosted by Erika Funke about Bloomsday, the annual holiday celebrating James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses.

May 8, 2019

“Finding My New Voice”

Check out this radio piece about my experience of writing with visual difficulties. It aired on Morning Edition.