Nicholas Boggs

Writer and independant scholar (United States)

Nicholas Boggs is a writer and independent scholar who rediscovered and co-edited a new edition of James Baldwin's collaboration with French artist Yoran Cazac, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (Duke, 2018). His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the NEH, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the Whiting Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Gilder Lehrman Center and Beinecke Library at Yale. His literary biography, James Baldwin: A Love Story, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the U.S., Bloomsbury UK, and Editions Seuil in France.

While in residency he will be researching the life and work of Jerome Hill, artist, philanthropist and founder of Camargo. Boggs became acquainted with Jerome Hill as a possible subject when he was a fellow at Camargo in 2018. Currently there exists no full-scale treatment of his life and work, though Mary Ann Caws’ 2005 essay, “Jerome Hill: Living the Arts,” functions as an excellent resource: “Hill was a polymath, working tirelessly as a painter, filmmaker, photographer, composer, and supporter of the arts and artists in the United States and Europe…Everywhere he left a heritage of friendship, creativity, and generosity behind him.” Boggs hopes to trace the origins of this heritage and its overlooked histories.