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Sarah Manguso

Antioch University Los Angeles

Sarah Manguso’s first novel, Very Cold People, is forthcoming in 2022. Her previous book, 300 Arguments (2017), a work of aphoristic nonfiction, was named a book of the year by more than 20 publications. Her other nonfiction books include Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015), an essay on self-documentation, motherhood, and time; The Guardians (2012), an essay on friendship and suicide; and The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), an essay on living with chronic illness. Manguso’s story collection, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), was published by McSweeney’s as part of 145 Stories in a Small Box and was preceded by two poetry collections, Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), poems from which won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four volumes of the Best American Poetry series.

Manguso is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Rome Prize. She has served as the Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College and a Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College, and has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the Pratt Institute. 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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