Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters with author Maggie Nelson

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On the occasion of the publication of Like Love, a collection of essays written over the past 20 years, Maggie Nelson will address her genre-spanning career, which has included criticism, autobiography, lyric prose, poetry, scholarship, and art writing. Nelson will discuss the differences and overlaps between these genres, as well as between her abiding preoccupations, which include aesthetics, ethics, feminism, queer issues, art, and the unpredictable, myriad ways in which content finds form.

Maggie Nelson is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including Like Love: Essays and Conversations (2024), the national bestseller On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (2021), the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011), Bluets (2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years), The Red Parts (2007), Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007), and Jane: A Murder (2005). A 2016 MacArthur fellow, she teaches at University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles, CA.