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Maggie Nelson in Conversation

In an exclusive UK event, the acclaimed writer discusses her electrifying body of work, including New York Times bestseller The Argonauts.

Maggie Nelson is one of the most dazzling and radical voices to emerge in recent years. Her writing defies genre, combining lyrical beauty with disarming personal revelations to explore subjects as wide-ranging as art, violence, queerness and the colour blue.

Hear from Nelson in her own words as she discusses transcending artistic boundaries, capturing the aftershocks of violence and the replenishing qualities of love.

Nelson is in conversation with literary critic and cultural historian Lara Feigel.

Nelson is the award-winning writer of nine books, including, most recently, The Argonauts (2015), a work of autotheory that examines ideas of love, language and family-making and earned Nelson the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Her other books include Jane: A Murder, re-issued in the UK by Zed Books this year, The Red Parts, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, Bluets, and The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, which explores the role of violence in art.

Her three early works of poetry, Shiner, The Latest Winter and Something Bright, Then Holes, recently re-issued in the UK by Zed Books.

Nelson has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Artforum, Bookforum, and 4Columns, as well as for catalogues on the work of Matthew Barney and Carolee Schneemann, among other artists.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Creative Capital Literature Fellowship and a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant.

Nelson has also taught literature and writing at numerous universities and workshops, and is a professor of English at the University of Southern California. She lives in Los Angeles.

Feigel is the author of four books, all published to great critical acclaim. The Love-charm of Bombs and The Bitter Taste of Victory tell the story of the Second World War and its aftermath through the eyes of writers, filmmakers and artists whose lives were shaped by it.

Free Woman, Feigel’s latest book, combines memoir with biography, thinking about freedom by analysing the author’s own life and the life and work of Doris Lessing. Feigel is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and writes frequently for The Guardian and other publications.

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