Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00pm
Poet, scholar, and nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson is one of the most acclaimed cross-genre writers working today. Known for The Argonauts (a beautifully-crafted combination both of memoir and critical theory), Nelson’s latest book asks: what does freedom mean, especially as it relates to art, sex, drugs, and climate? Join Nelson and CHF Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy for a conversation about the limits, complexities, paradoxes, and potential of freedom as both a rhetorical device and lived practice in our current moment.
Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry and prose, including the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. Her latest work of nonfiction from Graywolf Press is titled On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint.
Alison Cuddy is the Festival’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director. Prior to joining CHF in 2014, she spent more than 10 years at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate, as a reporter and the host of Eight Forty-Eight.