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Sarah Manguso

Antioch University Los Angeles

Sarah Manguso is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet, and the author, most recently, of the novel Very Cold People. Her nonfiction books are 300 Arguments, Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay, and her other books include the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise and the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape.

Her work has been recognized by an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Los Angeles.

Educational History

She holds degrees from Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

300 Arguments (2017)
Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015)
The Guardians (2012)
The Two Kinds of Decay (2008)

Story Collections:
Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007)
Siste Viator (2006)
The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002)

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.

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

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.

Sarah Manguso

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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