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Maggie Nelson and Sarah Manguso in Conversation
Tue, April 4, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
“[Nelson’s] is a radicalism that looks like the future of common sense…A singular book.” ―Vulture
Both Maggie Nelson and Sarah Manguso take on complex issues of gender, sexuality, family, and mothering by deploying forms and styles that are equal parts poetry and essay. In The Argonauts, Nelson examines pregnancy and new motherhood, her partner’s gender transition, and the loss of a parent; in Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, Manguso examines motherhood, a life’s record, and that record’s discontinuance. The two take the stage to discuss their creative practices and their work, both past and new.
Nelson is a poet, critic, and nonfiction author of books such as The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and Jane: A Murder. The recipient of the 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, she teaches in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts and lives in Los Angeles.
Manguso is the author of seven books that vibrate between essay and poetry, most recently 300 Arguments, Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay. Her writing has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize. She lives in Los Angeles.
This program is made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund and the Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing.