Teaching Interests: Poetics; Non-Fiction
Maggie Nelson (Ph.D. in English Literature, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times, as well as named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship), and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her poetry books include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007); Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull Press, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Poetry series.
Before joining the faculty of CalArts in 2005, Nelson lived for many years in New York City, where she taught literature and writing at Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the New School Graduate Writing Program. She has also taught on the faculty of the Tinhouse Summer Writers Workshop, the Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts Program, as well as being a featured guest at many writing conferences and festivals, including the New School's Summer Writers Colony and the Juniper Institute. Recent essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Bookforum, and Cabinet. Recent awards include a 2007 Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 Innovative Literature grant from Creative Capital.
Selected Interviews and Profiles
- “Sightlines,” interview in Art in America, January 2012.
- The Poetry Society of America, featured interview (with Anthony McCann), at www.poetrysociety.org, October 2011.
- “The Sunday Conversation: Maggie Nelson,” by Irene Lacher. Los Angeles Times profile/interview, August 7, 2011.
- “The Fragment as a Unit of Prose Composition,” interview in Continent magazine, September 2011.
- “True Blue,” interview with Susie DeFord. Bomb online, October 2009.
- “Interview,” by Kimberly Young, Chapparal Magazine, at www.chapparel.com, June 2009.
- “Full Nelson,” by Annie Buckley. Artforum Diary, www.artforum.com, February 22, 2008.
- “The heart of a poet, a memoir about murder,” by Tessa Ruddy. The Daily Iowan, April 2, 2007.
- “Interview,” by Jane Carr. Small Spiral Notebook, Spring 2007.
- “Conversations about Creativity.” www.cecilvortex.com, February 2007.
- “Maggie Nelson & Wayne Koestenbaum in Conversation.” The Poetry Project Newsletter, April/May 2006.
- “Crime beat: A poet reinvents the true-crime potboiler -- and finds herself featured on ‘48 Hours,’” by
- Christopher Dreher. Boston Globe, November 20, 2005.
- “Haunted by Murder, Niece Writes Book,” by Liz Cobbs. Ann Arbor News, August 4, 2005.
- “Deadly Ride,” 48 Hours Mystery, CBS TV. First airing November 25, 2005; many subsequent airings since.
- “Here Comes Everybody: Writers on Writing.”www.herecomeseverybody.com, February 2005.
The Art of Cruelty
- Review of The Art of Cruelty by Eva Aldea, Times Higher Education (UK), March 1, 2012.
- Review of The Art of Cruelty by Raymond McDaniel, Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 2012.
- Review of The Art of Cruelty by Patrick Langley, Times Literary Supplement (UK), November 23, 2011.
- “Pushing the Limits,” by Laura Kipnis, front cover review of The Art of Cruelty, Sunday New York Times Book Review, July 17, 2011.
- “The Art of Pain,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Susie Linfield, The New Republic, August 3, 2011.
- “Oh Cruel, Cruel World: Pondering ‘Art’ and Sadism,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Rachel Syme, National Public Radio Books, August 3, 2011.
- “Our love-hate thing with violence in art,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Troy Jollimore, Boston Globe, July 24, 2011.
- “Suffering for their Work,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
- “Book Review Roundup: The Art of Cruelty and Things You Need to Know about Steig Larsson,” Huffington Post, July 11, 2011.
- “Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty Is Hard to Ponder,” by Karen R. Long, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 14, 2011.
- “The Shock of the Cruel,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Alan Wolfe, Slate.com, July 11, 2011.
- “Beautiful Monsters,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Parul Sehgal. Bookforum, Summer 2011.
- Buffalo News, “Editor’s Choice,” rev. of The Art of Cruelty by Jeff Simon, July 17, 2011.
- Rev. of The Art of Cruelty, by Thomas Larson. The Rumpus, July 2011.
- Rev. of The Art of Cruelty, the Midwest Book Review, September 2011. (“Art and Literature Pick.”)
- Rev. of The Art of Cruelty, The Post and Courier, Charleston, NC, by Michael Nelson. August 21, 2011.
- Rev. of The Art of Cruelty, Publisher’s Weekly, April 4, 2011.
- “The Lookout: Bluets,” by Alex Gallo-Brown. Bunker Hill: The Magazine for Downtown LA, April 2010.
- “From Out of the Blue,” rev. of Bluets, by Alexandra Bush. Venus Zine, Issue #41, April 2010.
- Rev. of Bluets, by Ray McDaniel. Constant Critic, April 2010.
- Rev. of Bluets, by Gina Myers. Bookslut, Issue 92, January 2010.
- “The Last Book I Loved: Bluets,” by Peter Rock. The Rumpus, December 2009.
- Rev. of Bluets, by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. The Brooklyn Rail, December 2009.
- Rev. of Bluets, by Catherine Lacey. Time Out New York, Dec. 17-30, 2009.
- Rev. of Bluets, by Susie DeFord. Bomb Magazine (online), October 2009.
Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions
- “Words as Amulets,” rev. of Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, by Ange Mlinko. London Review of Books, Dec. 2009.
- Rev. of Women, the New York School . . . by Brian Reed. American Literature,
- Rev. of Women, the New York School . . . by Marjorie Welish. Bookforum, Summer 2008.
- Rev. of Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, by Suzanne Wise, Modern Painters, February 2008.
- Rev. of Something Bright, Then Holes, by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. The Brooklyn Rail, February 2008.
- Rev. of Women, the New York School . . . by Beatrice Smigasiewicz. Feminist Review, December 31, 2007.
- Rev. of Women, the New York School . . . by Margaret Lane. Midwest Book Review, March 2008.
- “The Academy of the Future is Opening Its Doors: Women Poets and the New York School,” by Andrew Epstein, Jacket #35, Spring 2008.
The Red Parts
- Rev, of The Red Parts, by Mikita Brottman. “PopMatters,” www.popmatters.com, September 4, 2007.
- “A Death in the Family,” by Eve Conant. The New York Times Book Review, April 1, 2007.
- “The Red Parts,” by Michael Miller. Time Out New York, March 2007.
Jane: A Murder
- Rev. of Jane: A Murder, by Kim Jensen. The Baltimore Review, 2006.
- Rev. of Jane: A Murder, by Jane Carr. Small Spiral Notebook, Vol. IV Issue 4, Spring 2006.
- Rev. of Jane: A Murder, by Thurston Moore & Byron Coley. Arthur magazine #17, Spring 2005.
- “Jane: A Murder,” by Amanda Davidson. San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 2005.
- “Mind Over Murder,” by Robert Polito. Bookforum, February/March 2005.
- “See Jane Die,” by Skyla Dawn Luckey. Jackson Free Press May 12, 2005.
- Rev. of Jane: A Murder by Rochelle Ratner. American Book Review, Vol. 27, #1,
- Rev. of Jane: A Murder, “Movies and Books.” Jane Magazine, April 2005.
- “Jane: A Murder,” by Arlene Germain. Midwest Book Review, May 2005.
- “Narrative and Crime,” rev. of Jane: A Murder, by Raymond McDaniel. Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2005.
- Rev. of Something Bright, Then Holes. “Bleak Waters: The Gowanus Canal inspires some poetry in Maggie Nelson’s latest,” by Alan Gilbert. The Village Voice, October 9, 2007
- Rev. of The Latest Winter. Jordan Davis, The Constant Critic, www.constantcritic.com, April 5, 2004.
- Rev. of Shiner. David Gunton, Jacket #19, www.jacketmagazine.com, October 2002.