Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, scholar, and nonfiction writer. In 2016 she was received a MacArthur “genius” grant.

She is the author of five books of nonfiction, including The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2015), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and was a New York Times best-seller; a landmark work of cultural, art, and literary criticism titled The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011), which was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times and named a NY Times Notable Book of the Year. 

The cult classic Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), which was named by Bookforum as one of the 10 best books of the past 20 years; a memoir about her family, media spectacle, and sexual violence titled The Red Parts (originally published by Free Press in 2007, reissued by Graywolf in 2016); and a critical study of painting and poetry titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glassock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship).

Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007), Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001). She has been the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Books in order of publication:


 Shiner (Hanging Loose Press, 2001).

The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003).

 Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005).

 The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007).

 Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull, 2007).

 Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007).

Bluets (Wave Books, 2009).

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011).

The Argonauts (Graywolf Press 2015).

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