Antonya Nelson

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Antonya Nelson
Nelson at the 2009 Texas Book Festival
Nelson at the 2009 Texas Book Festival
Born (1961-01-06) January 6, 1961 (age 63)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
  • Author
  • educator
EducationUniversity of Kansas (BA)
University of Arizona (MFA)

Antonya Nelson (born January 6, 1961) is an American author and teacher of creative writing who writes primarily short stories.

Life and education[edit]

Antonya Nelson was born January 6, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas.[1]: 251  She received a BA degree from the University of Kansas in 1983 and an MFA degree from the University of Arizona in 1986.[1]: 251  She lives in Telluride, Colorado; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Houston, Texas.[2]


Nelson's short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker,[3] Quarterly West, Redbook, Ploughshares,[4] Harper's,[5] and other magazines.[1]: 252  They have been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.[1]: 252 

Several of her books have been New York Times Book Review Notable Books: In the Land of Men (1992), Talking in Bed (1996), Nobody's Girl: A Novel (1998), Living to Tell: A Novel (2000), and Female Trouble (2002).[1]: 251 

For a 1999 issue on The Future of American Fiction, The New Yorker magazine selected Nelson as one of "the twenty best young fiction writers in America today".[6]

Nelson teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers,[1]: 251  as well as in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.[1]: 251 

Selected awards[edit]

Selected works[edit]


  • Nelson, Antonya (1998) [1996]. Talking in bed. New York: Scribner.
  • — (1999) [1998]. Nobody's Girl: a Novel. New York: Scribner. ISBN 978-0-684-85207-2.
  • — (2001) [2000]. Living to Tell: a Novel. New York: Scribner. ISBN 978-0-7432-0060-8.
  • — (2010). Bound. New York: Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 978-1-59691-575-6.

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
First husband 2014 Nelson, Antonya (January 6, 2014). "First husband". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 43. pp. 56–61.
Literally 2012 Nelson, Antonya (December 3, 2012). "Literally". The New Yorker. Vol. 88, no. 38.


  1. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jones, Daniel; Jorgenson, John D., eds. (2007). "Nelson, Antonya 1961–". Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Vol. 160. Gale Research. pp. 251–254. ISBN 978-0-7876-7914-9.
  2. ^ She teaches in the creative writing programs at the University of Houston, and Warren Wilson College. Reynolds, Susan Salter (March 3, 2009). "In 'Nothing Right,' writer Antonya Nelson homes in on modern life's contradictions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "Search : The New Yorker". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Author Details. Retrieved on 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ Ball peen, By Antonya Nelson (Harper's Magazine). Retrieved on 2012-05-18.
  6. ^ Buford, Bill (June 21, 1999). "The Talk of the Town: Comment: Reading ahead". The New Yorker. Vol. 75, no. 16. pp. 65, 68. ISSN 0028-792X. This special summer fiction issue began with what seemed like such a simple, straightforward question: "Who are the twenty best young fiction writers in America today?"
  7. ^ "NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers" (PDF). United States National Endowment for the Humanities. March 2006. p. 32. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 11, 2006. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  8. ^ "Antonya Nelson". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  9. ^ "The Rea Award for the Short Story – Antonya Nelson". Dungannon Foundation. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  10. ^ United States Artists Official Website Archived November 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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