New York Times Bestselling Author Maggie Nelson Discusses Prose at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 1, 2019—Award-winning poet, scholar, and nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson will deliver the lecture “Forms of Prose” at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 7, at 6 p.m., at the ’62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theater. A reception will follow.

A New York Times bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including Bluets and The Argonaut, Nelson is a writer forging a new mode of nonfiction that transcends the divide between the personal and the intellectual and renders pressing issues of our time into portraits of day-to-day lived experience. Her work reaches themes such as art, feminism, queerness, sexual violence, aesthetic theory, and philosophy. Some of her work recounts autobiographical themes, including a memoir about the 1969 murder of her aunt, Jane Mixer.

Awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2016, Nelson was also the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant.

Nelson received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Since 2005, she has been a member of the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, where she currently serves as director of the Creative Writing Program.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, The Dively Committee, and the Oakley Center at Williams College.

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