Nonfiction Writer Maggie Nelson Kicks off Cropper Series Events Oct. 5

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Argonauts, will speak at two Cropper series events on Thursday, Oct. 6 , 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.Nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Argonauts, will speak at two Cropper series events on Thursday, Oct. 6 , 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson, author of nine books, including a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and The New York Times bestseller, The Argonauts, will be on the University of San Diego campus Thursday, Oct. 5 to participate in two events.


At 12:30 p.m. in Hahn University Center Forum C, Nelson will be the speaker for the annual Barrie Cropper Lecture on Creative Writing. This event is free and open to the public. 

At 6 p.m., Nelson will kick off the 2017-18 Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series program in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall’s Warren Auditorium. Following her presentation, a dessert reception and book signing will take place. 

Many of Nelson’s books have become cult classics defying categorization. In addition to The Argonauts, her nonfiction titles include The Art of CrueltyA Reckoning (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); Bluets (named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years); The Red Parts; and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions. Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes and Jane: A Murder (finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). 

In 2016, Nelson was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA in Poetry, an Innovative Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has taught literature, writing, criticism and theory at the New School, Pratt Institute, and Wesleyan University. She has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at Cal Arts since 2005, and currently lives in Los Angeles.  

Nelson’s appearance is the first of three Cropper Memorial Writers Series events this academic year at USD. Fiction writer Brit Bennett will be the guest speaker on November 16, 6 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium and poet Shane McCrae will speak on March 15, 2018, also at 6 p.m. in Warren Auditorium. 

The final event is the Cropper Creative Writing Student Reading event on April 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Room 102. Students, including those in the Creative Writing Emphasis, will read from their own works. The English Department's Creative Writing Emphasis (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) is comprised of four rigorous, upper-division creative writing courses in which students practice the dedication and commitment required of the serious writer. 

Furthermore, the annual Cropper Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction is back. The university awards three prizes each year in honor of Lindsay J. Cropper. The $125 cash prizes recognize undergraduate achievement in the genres of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The deadline for submissions this year is Dec. 16 by 11:59 p.m.

— Compiled by USD News Center 

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