Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00pm
PEN America is proud to present Maggie Nelson in conversation with Cathy Park Hong in celebration of Nelson’s latest book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. Following the success of her 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism-winning book,The Argonauts, Nelson focuses her boundary-pushing writing on the concept of freedom within the realm of art, sex, drugs, and climate. Nelson will explore the ethics that drive her latest work with writer Cathy Park Hong, author of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography-winning book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.
Maggie Nelson is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry and prose, most recently On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (2021). In 2016, she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
Cathy Park Hong’s New York Times bestselling book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, was published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House and Profile Books (UK). Minor Feelings was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company; Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her prose and poetry have been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor at The New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers University–Newark.