Sarah Manguso

b. 1974
Born and raised near Boston, writer Sarah Manguso earned her BA at Harvard University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her books include the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002); the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007); the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review; and the hybrid-genre book The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend (2012). Her work has been featured in several volumes of The Best American Poetry.
 
Precise and boldly imagined, Manguso’s work is frequently a kind of unflinching self-portraiture created through lyric gestures. In an interview with SMITH Magazine, Manguso stated, “I am interested in deep alertness, and I think it’s possible to be deeply alert to moments that are already over.” In a Bookforum review of The Guardians, Jenny Davidson noted, “In the case of some other book, it might be a criticism to observe that the author’s private language has only been partially translated into a meaningful idiom, but here it represents the book’s most distinctive stylistic achievement: Manguso’s embrace of rhetorical failure itself constitutes an unusual and strangely affecting lament.”
 
Manguso’s honors include the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She has taught at the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the New School. Manguso is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland.

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

LIFE SPAN 1974–

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Born and raised near Boston, writer Sarah Manguso earned her BA at Harvard University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her books include the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002); the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007); the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review; and the hybrid-genre . . .

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