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Sarah Manguso is the author of the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008), the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (McSweeney's Books, 2007), and the poetry collections Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002). Her memoir was named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, where it was called "a remarkable, clear-eyed account that turns horror into something humane and beautiful." The book was also declared Required Reading by the New York Post, which called it "chilling." Her story collection was a Readings (Australia) Book of the Year, and Elle declared it "risky, ruminative, and fiercely inward-dwelling." Manguso's poetry collections have been praised as "astonishingly good" by the American Book Review and "grim, desperate, and funny" by the Village Voice, which named The Captain Lands in Paradise a Favorite Book of the Year. Her writing has been anthologized in publications including The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, The Better of McSweeney's, and three volumes of the Best American Poetry series. It has also appeared in Conjunctions, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2008 Manguso was awarded the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught literature and writing in Brooklyn College's SEEK Program and in the New School's Graduate Writing Program, and has given readings throughout the United States and Europe. Born and raised near Boston, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute.