Sarah Manguso


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Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March.

Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and a Best Book of the Year by the Independent (UK), the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph (UK), and Time Out Chicago, and was short-listed for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), published as one of three volumes in McSweeney’s One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), which was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice.

Honors for her writing include a Hodder Fellowship and the Rome Prize.

Her prose has appeared in A Public Space, the Believer, Bookforum, Conjunctions, the Guardian, McSweeney’s, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the London Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Paris Review, Pushcart Prize XXVII, and three volumes of the Best American Poetry series.

She has been a faculty member of the BFA writing program at the Pratt Institute and of the MFA writing programs at Columbia, Fairfield, and the New School universities, and she maintains a private writing studio.

Born and raised near Boston, she was educated at Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A citizen of the United States and Ireland, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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