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Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson Serves as the 2007 Final Judge for the Nick Adams Contest

Press release January 23, 2007

Antonya Nelson has agreed to serve as the professional judge for the 2007 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. She is the author of five short story collections: Some Fun: Stories and a Novella (2006), Female Trouble (2002), Family Terrorists (1994), In the Land of Men (1992), The Expendables (1990), and three novels: Living to Tell (2000), Nobody's Girl (1998), and Talking in Bed (1996).

Antonya Nelson

The New Yorker named Ms. Nelson one of the "twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium" and Granta described her as among the "best of the young American novelists." The Washington Post Book World described the author as "a formidable writer. That is, she's a woman of piercing intelligence, a first-rate stylist, an explorer of language who questions all its customary uses while fashioning evocative descriptions and incisive phrases." Joyce Carol Oates reviewed Some Fun for The New York Times and commented that "Antonya Nelson writes stories dense with the texture of domesticity that move with the wayward and seemingly unpredictable energies of life, more likely to trail off enigmatically at their endings than to decisively, or dramatically, conclude in the way of the classic short story."

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Antonya Nelson is a graduate of the University of Kansas and obtained a MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Nelson is also a member of the faculty of University of Houston. In addition to teaching and writing fiction, Nelson is married to Robert Boswell and the couple has two teenage children.

Antonya Nelson's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Redbook, TriQuarterly, Story and other publications. Her first novel, Talking in Bed, received the Heartland Award in fiction, while five of her books were New York Times Notable Books in 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1992. She was awarded the O. Henry Prize, the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, and the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction. Ms. Nelson is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000-2001) and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Antonya Nelson has also served as the Chairman of the fiction jury for the National Book Foundation's National Book Awards.