Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson

About Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson, born in San Francisco on March 12, 1973, is an American essayist, poet, and scholar. In 1994, she earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and, in 2004, a PhD in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her works deal with subjects like feminism, sexual identity, gender, queer theory, philosophy, art criticism, literary theory, and sexual violence. The eclecticism of her writing makes several of her works unclassifiable as to the usual literary genres. She combines prose, poetry, biography, theory, and art criticism. Maggie Nelson called her approach self-theory, a term she borrowed from Paul B. Preciado. Her publications to date include The Argonauts (2015), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Criticism category and became a New York Times Best Seller; The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011), which is a work of cultural, artistic, and literary criticism was featured on the front page of The New York Times Sunday Book Review and was listed by the NY Times as Notable Book of the Year; Bluets (2009), an "album of written thoughts" about the Blue color, was named by Bookforum as one of the ten best books of the last 20 years; The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (first published in 2007, re-published in 2016), and Women , the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007, winner of the Susanne M. Glassock Award in Interdisciplinary Fellowships), Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), Jane: A Murder (2005, finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (2003) and Shiner (2001).
Winner of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Poetry Fellowship, an Andy Warhol Fellowship, and MacArthur scholarships in 2015, she is a teacher at the California Institute of the Arts and lives with her husband, artist Harry Dodge, in Los Angeles. In 2019, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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