Maggie Nelson

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Maggie Nelson
Known for Bluets, The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson (born 1973) is an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author of books such as Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, The Red Parts: A Memoir, The Art of Cruelty, Something Bright, Then Holes, Jane: A Murder, The Latest Winter, Shiner, and Bluets.


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 for the Visual Arts.[1]

In 2011, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.[2]


Nelson's work has included writing on crime, on women in the New York School experimental writing avant garde, on art and cruelty, philosophical explorations of the color blue, and the subject of queer families. Maggie Nelson's later works have been described as lyrical prose.

Personal life[edit]

Nelson is married to the artist Harry Dodge. The couple have a child together named Iggy. Nelson is the stepmother of Dodge's son from a previous relationship.[3]


  • Shiner (Hanging Loose Press, 2001). OCLC 45223536
  • The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003). OCLC 50868215
  • Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005). OCLC 57506563
  • The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007). OCLC 71275645
  • Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull, 2007). OCLC 148844319
  • Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). OCLC 609313973
  • Bluets (Wave Books, 2009). OCLC 303931395
  • The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). OCLC 668194794
  • The Argonauts (Graywolf Press 2015). OCLC 889165103


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