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Speakers: Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson
(March 2, 2001)

Richard J. Calhoun Reader

Antonya Nelson was born in 1961 in Wichita, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas and the University of Arizona, where she received an MFA in 1986. She is the author of five collections of short stories (The Expendables, In the Land of Men, Family Terrorists, Female Trouble, and Some Fun) and three novels (Talking in Bed, Nobody's Girl, and Living to Tell).

Nelson's writing has won her numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the Heartland Award for fiction. Several of her books have been named New York Times Notable Books, and a number of her stories have been published in such magazines as the New Yorker, Harper's, and Esquire. Nelson shares the University of Houston's Cullen Chair in Creative Writing with novelist Robert Boswell, her husband. Nelson, Boswell, and their children divide their time between Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Antonya Nelson was the Richard J. Calhoun reader in American literature during spring semester 2001. She conducted workshops, met with classes, and gave a public reading of her most recent fiction. The reading took place on March 2nd at Clemson's Vickery Hall Auditorium.

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