Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. Her most recent nonfiction book is the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007) and Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She is currently on the faculty of USC.
Nelson's other non-fiction books include The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years), The Red Parts (2007; reissued 2016), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA in Poetry, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
The reading is sponsored by the English department and the William Gifford Fund for Writers-in-Residence.