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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Maggie Nelson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Maggie Nelson, often where they are interviewed.

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25 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Maggie Nelson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Maggie Nelson, often where they are interviewed.

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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

Skylight Books Podcast Series
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In his new nonfiction collection, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the world. A subway passenger’s leather bracelet prompts musings on the German word for “stranger”; Montaigne leads to the memory of a fourth-grade friend’s stinky feet. Wayne dreams about a handjob from John Ashbery, swims next to Nicole Kidman, reclaims Robert Rauschenberg’s squeegee, and apotheosizes Marguerite Duras as a destroyer of sentences. He directly proposes assignments to readers: “Buy a one-dollar cactus, and start anthropomorphizing it. Call it Sabrina.” “Describe an ungenerous or unkind act you have committed.” “Find in every orgasm an encyclopedic richness . . . Reimagine doing the laundry as having an orgasm, and reinterpret orgasm as not a tiny experience, temporally limited, occurring in a single human body, but as an experience that somehow touches on all of human history.” Figure It Out is both a guidebook for, and the embodiment of, the practices of pleasure, attentiveness, art, and play.

Koestenbaum is in conversation with Maggie Nelson, author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The ArgonautsThe Art of Cruelty: A ReckoningBluetsThe Red Parts, and Jane: A Murder.


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Jul 08 2020

1hr 21mins


The Quarantine Tapes 048: Maggie Nelson

The Quarantine Tapes
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“I think about it a lot with dance and I think about it alot with the relationship between a body contributing something into space with others and how that relates to a life of the mind; in what ways do our words dance with each other…”

On episode 048 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by acclaimed author Maggie Nelson. Maggie discusses the challenges of online teaching during the pandemic, and what it’s been like to work on her new book. Paul and Maggie also explore the similarities between dancing and writing, and the relation of both to performance and improvisation.

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization, and include titles such as The Argonauts(2015), The Art of Cruelty (2011), Bluets (2009), and The Red Parts (2007). In 2021 she will publish a work of cultural criticism tentatively titled The Myth of Freedom, followed by a collection of art essays in 2022. In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She teaches at USC and lives in Los Angeles.

May 29 2020



Chronic Victory Podcast #35 - Kindness Always Wins w/ Maggie Nelson

Chronic Victory Podcast
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Fear and anxiety often lay behind uncertainty and secrecy.  What happened to Maggie Nelson was confusing and terrifying.  Fast forward to present day and come to find she has something I have never heard of before:  Hashimoto's Encephalopathy.
But Maggie is not your average gal in her twenties. This girl has grit and continues to charge forward to do what she believes in.  All the while, her phrase "kindness always wins" has become a sort of lifestyle...
Let's talk.


  • Kindness Always Wins
  • Clothing Line & Donations
  • Personality:  Let's go get it y'all!
  • What happened in school...
  • Teachers.
  • Hashimoto's Encephalopathy.
  • The defining moment.
  • Who is Maggie Nelson now?
  • Roadblocks & bad days.
  • Self-esteem...What would it take?
  • Being an essential employee.
  • Positivity & Toxic Positivity.
  • Having emotions.
  • Moving on.

Find Maggie on Instagram:  @themagsthebeast


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May 19 2020

1hr 19mins


Feb 13 2020

1hr 44mins


Ben Lerner and Maggie Nelson

City Arts & Lectures
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Ben Lerner and Maggie Nelson are two of the foremost writers working at the intersections of poetry, nonfiction, and memoir. They talk about Lerner's book "The Topeka School", a semi-autobiographical work that examines language, masculinity, and today's political and cultural crises. This program was recorded at the Sydney Goldstein Theater on November 21, 2019.

Jan 26 2020

1hr 10mins



Against Everyone with Conner Habib
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I talk with legendary writer and intellectual Maggie Nelson about...well, everything. But especially art and violence, compassion and algorithms, aging and desire. It's a wide-ranging and profound conversation.

Jan 07 2020

1hr 48mins


Written in Water: A discussion of Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Poem Talk
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Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jennifer Firestone, Adrienne Raphel, and Julia Bloch.

Jul 19 2019



Episode 3: Pineapple Daze and Maggie Nelson

No Rhyme or Refill
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"It's like pineapple, heavy on the pine."
"You don't dump sewage and think it's not going to effect you."

Beer: Pineapple Daze by Ghost Train Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama)

Poem: "Something Bright Then Holes" "These days," part of the section Canal Diaries in her book called Something Bright Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007)

Girl Crush: the poetry and rock and roll queen Patti Smith

This week, we drink a limited release beer that you can no longer buy from local fave Ghost Train Brewing Company and discuss a narrative poetry book and its namesake, “Something Bright Then Holes.” We also talk about the slightly creepy nature of heartbreak and what “putting a shape to pain” looks like for Maggie Nelson. If it’s not 6 in the mf morning, participate in this week’s drinking game — every time you hear Erica say “pine,” “piney” or “pineapple,” you drink.

May 21 2019



Maggie Nelson

Living Poetry
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 Maggie Nelson is an American poet-critic-theorist who has lived and worked on both coasts. Her work is fascinating in it’s shimmering specificities, the way she continually reaches through actual occurrence to brush the essence with her fingertips. But it’s not just incidents that happened to her, it’s information she has sought out and resonated with - going from a specific account of her own failed relationship to the optical experimentation of Newton in less than a page. Her work is ambitious but never clumsy, challenging but never difficult, emotional but not quite sappy... 

Apr 18 2019



Episode 540 — Maggie Nelson

Otherppl with Brad Listi
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Brad Listi talks with Maggie Nelson, author of the poetry collection SOMETHING BRIGHT, THEN HOLES (Soft Skull Press). Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, The Red Parts, and Jane: A Murder. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and in 2016 was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Sep 05 2018

1hr 27mins