Sarah Manguso (b. 1974) is the author of seven books.
300 Arguments (2017), a work of aphoristic autobiography and “a pocket-sized foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing,” was named a book of the year by more than twenty publications including NPR and Buzzfeed. Her other nonfiction books include Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015), an essay on self-documentation, motherhood, and time; The Guardians (2012), an essay on friendship and suicide; and The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), an essay on living with chronic illness, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Manguso's story collection, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), was published by McSweeney's as part of 145 Stories in a Small Box and was preceded by two poetry collections, Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), poems from which won a 2003 Pushcart Prize and appeared in four volumes of the Best American Poetry series. Her books have been named Indie Next picks and New York Times Editors’ Choice titles, and have appeared on numerous book-of-the-year lists including those of the Atlantic, the Irish Times, the London Independent, the National Post, and the Telegraph.
Manguso's other projects include several collaborations with the composer Sebastian Currier on pieces for orchestra and voice, most recently Re-Formation, the premiere of which was named one of the best classical music performances of 2017 by the New York Times. Her recent criticism includes the introduction to the 2017 reissue of The Journal of Jules Renard, published by Tin House.
Manguso is the recipient of a 2003 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the 2007 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship, and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction. She holds degrees from Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has been published in Harper's, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review, among many other publications. Her books have been translated into six languages.
She has served on juries for the National Book Award in Nonfiction, the New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellowship, the PEN Center USA Literary Prize in Poetry, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Young Lions Fiction Award, among many others. She served on the Freedom to Write committee at PEN America for several years.
She has spoken at Alte Schmiede (Austria), the American Academy in Rome, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Bay Area Book Festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Southbank Centre (UK), the Stuttgart Städbucherei (Germany), and many colleges and universities. She was the 2015 commencement speaker for the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the 2016 Dedmon Writer in Residence at the University of Chicago, and the 2016 Drake Lecturer at Hendrix College. She served as a 2016 Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College and the 2017 Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College and has also taught creative writing at Columbia, the New School, NYU, the Otis College of Art + Design, the Pratt Institute, and Princeton. She currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University.
She lives in Los Angeles.
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