Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. She first published Bluets with Wave Books in 2009; in 2015, Bookforum named Bluets one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years. Her other nonfiction titles include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), and Jane: A Murder (2005). She writes frequently on art, and in 2016 was awarded a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Bluets is a collection of words that keeps vibrating, that can never be worn out.
—Peter Rock, The Rumpus
It’s been said that a great writer can turn any subject into an engaging book...this is precisely what Bluets, Maggie Nelson’s arty, smart and gorgeous meditation on the color blue, sets out to do, and it is alarming how much drama she creates from a subject so apparently simple
—Time Out New York
I never feel satisfied with poetry that is wholly cerebral or wholly emotional, so I love that Maggie Nelson’s writing gives me a philosophy fix along with a hit of Romantic sublime.
—Elisa Gabbert, Open Letters Monthly
She veers, she collects, she assembles quotes, she confesses, she wheels unsignaled between ornate preciosity and the uncluttered blunt.
—John Latta, Isola di Rifiuti
The proliferation of ideas from these bits and pieces of carefully reconstructed information is stunning. Nelson deftly weaves acutely felt emotions into her intellectual musings.
—The Blog of Disquiet
Reviews of books by Maggie Nelson
- Maggie Nelson’s CalArts faculty home page
- “On Color” (in Bookforum)
Interviews and Discussions
- The Poetry Foundation, with Wave author Anthony McCann
- BOMBlog, with Susie Deford
- Chaparral Review, with Kim Young
- Continent, with Evan Lavender-Smith
- Cecil Vortex, with Dan Brodnitz
- Here Comes Everybody
- A conversation between Maggie Nelson and Wayne Koestenbaum in The Poetry Project Newsletter
- Bookslut, with Genevieve Hudson
- Maggie Nelson’s page on PennSound
- Reading in the KWLS New Voices Spotlight
- Reading from Bluets for LA-Lit
- CABINET reading, with CAConrad, Eileen Myles, Wayne Koestenbaum, and others
- Interview on KCRW’s Bookworm, with Eileen Myles and Michael Silverblatt
- Reading "poem for Harry" for The Poetry Project
Reading at the Festival of Poets:
Reading new work at the Poetic Research Bureau's Life Sentences festival of epigrammatic writing: