Affiliate Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing Program
Sarah Manguso is the author of seven books. 300 Arguments (2017), a work of aphoristic autobiography and “a pocket-sized foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing,” was named a book of the year by more than twenty publications including NPR and Buzzfeed. 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, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize.
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 2003 Pushcart Prize and appeared in four volumes of the Best American Poetry series. Her books have been named Indie Next picks and New York Times Editors’ Choice titles, and have appeared on numerous book-of-the-year lists including those of the Atlantic, the Irish Times, the London Independent, the National Post, and the Telegraph.
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)
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.