Nina Revoyr

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Nina Revoyr
Born Japan
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1990s-present
Notable works Southland, Wingshooters
Notable awards Ferro-Grumley Award (2004)
Lambda Literary Award (2004)
Indie Booksellers' Choice Award (2011)
Midwest Booksellers Choice Award (2011)

Nina Revoyr is an American novelist and social worker, best known for her award-winning 2003 novel Southland.[1]

Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Polish American father,[2] she grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin and Los Angeles.[2] After attending Yale University,[2] she taught English in Japan for two years before returning to the United States, where she took an MFA in creative writing at Cornell University.[2] She published her first novel, The Necessary Hunger, in 1997.[2]

Her 2003 novel Southland won the Ferro-Grumley Award and the 16th Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction in 2004, and was an Edgar Award finalist.[3] It was named as a Book Sense pick, and as one of the best books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times.[1] Her third novel, The Age of Dreaming, was published in 2008 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her fourth novel Wingshooters was named one of "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now" by Oprah Winfrey's O magazine,[4] won an Indie Booksellers' Choice Award and Midwest Booksellers Choice Award,[3] and was a nominee in the Lesbian Fiction category at the 24th Lambda Literary Awards.[5]

An out lesbian,[6] she works as an executive with Children's Institute Inc., a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization which assists children affected by domestic or neighbourhood violence.[1]



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