Sarah Manguso (born 1974) is an American writer and poet. In 2007, she was awarded the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008) was named an "Editors’ Choice" title by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and a 2008 "Best Nonfiction Book of the Year" by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her book Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015) was also named a New York Times "Editors’ Choice." Her debut novel, Very Cold People, was published by Penguin in 2022. She was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. Manguso received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
She has taught creative writing at the Pratt Institute and in the graduate program at The New School. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University and New England College. Her poems and prose have appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review. Her poems have appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series.