Maggie Nelson , poet, art critic, lyric essayist, nonfiction author and a member of CalArts' School of Critical Studies faculty, was named one of this year's winners of the Guggenheim Fellowship Awards  from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation .
Nelson was among the 180 artists, scholars and scientists selected for the 2010 awards, chosen from a pool of about 3,000 applicants.
The project that Nelson will pursue as a Guggenheim Fellow focuses on the contemporary uses and abuses of cruelty in art, literature, and media.
She has most recently written three books of nonfiction: Bluets; Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions; and The Red Parts: A Memoir. Nelson’s new book, The Art of Cruelty, a work of art criticism, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. The Writing Program faculty member is also the author of several books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes; Jane: A Murder; The Latest Winter; and Shiner.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.