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Maggie Nelson

UW MFA Creative Writing Program Welcomes Eminent Writer in Residence Maggie Nelson

The MFA program in Creative Writing welcomes its first 2012-2013 Eminent Writer in Residence, the acclaimed nonfiction writer, poet, and critic Maggie Nelson, to campus this August. The New York Times, in a review of her latest book, calls her a “wonderfully fearless” writer, “unpredictable and original.”

On August 30th, from 6-8 pm, Nelson will give a reading of her work at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.  A reception and booksigning will also be held at the museum that evening in celebration of her visit.  The event is free and open to the public.  During her week-long residency, Nelson will consult closely with creative writing students, visit university classes, and talk with students about the life of the writer.

Nelson is the author of wide-ranging books of nonfiction, art criticism and poetry.  Her recent works include Bluets (Wave Books 2009), Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press 2007), and The Red Parts: a Memoir (Free Press 2007). Her most recent book of nonfiction, The Art of Cruelty, was published last fall to excellent reviews. Her several collections of poetry include, most recently, Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press 2007). She has been awarded an Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Nonfiction. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.

Looking forward, the program’s spring Eminent Writer in Residence will be Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow and the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (2004), both from Coffee House Press. He has recently appeared on BBC World News America, BBC Radio 3, and Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain,” among others, to discuss global working class policies and issues. Nowak currently acts as the director of the graduate Creative Writing program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.

The MFA Creative Writing program aims to mentor a new generation of writers. Each semester, the Eminent Writer in Residence program brings distinguished writers to Wyoming. Previous guests include Edward P. Jones, Claudia Rankine, Joy Williams, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Ed Roberson, Rebecca Solnit, Philip Gourevitch, and many others. For more information about Maggie Nelson and Wyoming’s Eminent Writer in Residence program, please visit the MFA website at or contact Gwynn Lemler at or 766-6453.


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