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Maggie Nelson: On Freedom

Sat 11 Sep, 1pm
The Capitol

Maggie Nelson’s wonderfully unclassifiable The Argonauts confirmed her status as one of the most intellectually fascinating writers of our time. Exploring love, motherhood, and queer family-making, she blended memoir, humour and literary analysis into a bestselling examination of personal liberty. Her eagerly welcomed follow-up, On Freedom, carries the theme further, exploring the concept of freedom in four distinct spheres: art, sex, drugs, and climate. The author of nine other poetry and prose works, Nelson is one of the most influential writers working today. Crossing live from Los Angeles, she sheds light on an invigorating and essential book for challenging times, in conversation with on-stage interviewer Rebecca Harkins-Cross.


1 hour


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Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and cultural critic. She is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Monash University and will be a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University’s Writing Program in 2022. Her first book, The Headless Woman, is out with Fireflies Press in 2023.

Maggie Nelson is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorisation. Her nonfiction titles include the upcoming On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint; the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Argonauts; and Bluets, named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years. Currently she is a Professor of English at USC and lives in Los Angeles.

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