Illustration by Tina Berning for the New York Times

Illustration by Tina Berning
for the New York Times

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of three book-length essays: Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, and The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her essays have appeared in Harper's, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine, among other places, and her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, she has taught writing at Columbia, Fairfield, the New School, NYU, Pratt, Princeton, and the Otis College of Art and Design. She grew up near Boston and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where next spring she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College.