Maggie Nelson is an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author of books such as Bluets, The Argonauts, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, The Red Parts: A Memoir, The Art of Cruelty, and Jane: A Murder. The Art of Cruelty was a 2011 Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction. Jane: A Murder was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Nelson has taught at the Graduate Writing Program of the New School, Wesleyan University, and the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute; she currently teaches in the CalArts MFA writing program. She was awarded an Arts Writers grant in 2007 from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.
Recipient of a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Nonfiction
Recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship
Bluets is a collection of words that keeps vibrating, that can never be worn out.
—Peter Rock, The Rumpus
It’s been said that a great writer can turn any subject into an engaging book...this is precisely what Bluets, Maggie Nelson’s arty, smart and gorgeous meditation on the color blue, sets out to do, and it is alarming how much drama she creates from a subject so apparently simple
—Time Out New York
I never feel satisfied with poetry that is wholly cerebral or wholly emotional, so I love that Maggie Nelson’s writing gives me a philosophy fix along with a hit of Romantic sublime.
—Elisa Gabbert, Open Letters Monthly
She veers, she collects, she assembles quotes, she confesses, she wheels unsignaled between ornate preciosity and the uncluttered blunt.
—John Latta, Isola di Rifiuti
The proliferation of ideas from these bits and pieces of carefully reconstructed information is stunning. Nelson deftly weaves acutely felt emotions into her intellectual musings.
—The Blog of Disquiet
Reviews of books by Maggie Nelson
- Maggie Nelson’s CalArts faculty home page
- “On Color” (in Bookforum)
Interviews and Discussions
- The Poetry Foundation, with Wave author Anthony McCann
- BOMBlog, with Susie Deford
- Chaparral Review, with Kim Young
- Continent, with Evan Lavender-Smith
- Cecil Vortex, with Dan Brodnitz
- Here Comes Everybody
- A conversation between Maggie Nelson and Wayne Koestenbaum in The Poetry Project Newsletter
- Bookslut, with Genevieve Hudson
- Maggie Nelson’s page on PennSound
- Reading in the KWLS New Voices Spotlight
- Reading from Bluets for LA-Lit
- CABINET reading, with CAConrad, Eileen Myles, Wayne Koestenbaum, and others
- Interview on KCRW’s Bookworm, with Eileen Myles and Michael Silverblatt
- Reading "poem for Harry" for The Poetry Project
Reading at the Festival of Poets:
Reading new work at the Poetic Research Bureau's Life Sentences festival of epigrammatic writing:
No readings are scheduled at this time.