Fellow: Awarded 2012
Field of Study: General Nonfiction
Competition: US & Canada
Sarah Manguso is most recently the author of two book-length essays: The Guardians: An Elegy (2012) and The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir (2008), which was short-listed for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007) and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002). Honors for her writing include a Hodder Fellowship and the Rome Prize. Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, McSweeney's, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Pushcart Prize XXVII, and three volumes of the Best American Poetry series. She has taught literature and writing at the Pratt Institute and 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 and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her Guggenheim Fellowship will support work on a project entitled Ongoingness, an essay about the autobiographer's essential problem: perceiving and depicting one's life, of which one remembers only discrete moments, amid ongoing time.