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Genevieve Hudson met with Maggie Nelson before Nelson’s reading at The Little Church in Portland. Their wide-ranging exchange at Bookslut investigates obsession, canon-making, mentorship, envy, sentimentality, and which of her books was the hardest to write.

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Perhaps, in your Maggie Nelson research, you’ve stumbled upon one of the rare references to her first book of poems, Pacific, which Nelson self-published in 1995.  When I asked her about it via email, she replied, “It was just a DIY labor of love.  I made it myself, no one published it. Poetry people told […]

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We began the term reading Maggie Nelson’s essay “Writing With, From, and For Others” (Tin House blog, Oct. 30, 2012) and explored the idea of “leaning against” another text or some other artifact in our writing.  As we close the term exploring Nelson’s early published work, two chapbooks titled Not Sisters and The Scratch-Scratch Diaries, […]

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1998 cover of Time Phyllis Chesler’s response to article http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/663/is-feminism-dead “Except for Joan of Arc and Anne Frank, the thoughts of teenage girls have rarely been taken seriously.” –Ann Magnuson.  When Not Sisters came out, young feminists/queers outside the academy were told by the culture and the media that there was nothing left to fight […]

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Here is a link to a KCRW Bookworm episode hosted by Michael Silverblatt featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles discussing Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions.  What I find particularly interesting is near the end of the conversation when Myles comments on Nelson’s work and her versatility as a writer. Bookworm episode featuring […]

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“Birth” – Otto Muehl – 1983 On Monday, May 27 Otto Muehl, a figure central in Maggie Nelson’s Art of Cruelty, died at the age of 87.  As readers of Nelson’s book will be aware, Muehl was a founding member of the Viennese Actionists, who became famous for transgressive and often extremely violent art. A few relevant […]

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