The final event in our first annual series “On Writing,” will feature a conversation between two exceptional writers: USC’s Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts and Bluets, among many other titles, and novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru, author most recently of Red Pill. The discussion will focus on Kunzru’s new book, both authors’ experiments with genre, and their thoughts on the role and responsibility of the writer—in the academy and beyond.


Maggie Nelson, Professor of English at USC and author of The Argonauts, Bluets, and the forthcoming On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint.  She has been described as a genre-crossing writer defying classification, working in autobiography, art criticism, theory, scholarship, and poetry. Nelson has been the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, a Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction. Other honors include the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and a 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant.

Hari Kunzru, Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears, as well as a short story collection, Noise and a novella, Memory Palace. His newest novel Red Pill was published in September 2020. He is an honorary fellow of Wadham College Oxford, and has received fellowships from the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy in Berlin. He is the host of the podcast Into The Zone. He lives in New York City.

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This workshop is part of the Levan Institute for the Humanities' “On Writing” series. To see more events in this series, visit



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