MacDonald's short stories have won the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award, the American Literary Review Fiction Prize, the Matt Clark Prize, and taken second in the Dana Prize and Faulkner-Wisdom competition. MacDonald has also been a finalist for the Lamar York Prize and the Marguerite Donnelly Prize, among others.
MacDonald has a Master’s in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford’s School of Continuing Education. She's served as a Writing Fellow at Arizona State University’s Piper Center for Creative Writing, where she's led workshops and classes on writing fiction, literary editing, writing memoirs, and issues of work-life balance.
Plaster in a historic building is like a family album. The handwriting of the artisans, the taste of the original occupants, and the evolving styles of decoration are embodied in the fabric of the building. From modest farmhouses to great buildings, regardless of the ethnic origins of the occupants, plaster has traditionally been used to finish interior walls.