Antonya Nelson
Fiction Writer
Las Cruces, NM
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation.

Antonya Nelson is a novelist and short-fiction writer. She received an MFA in 1986 from the University of Arizona. Her collections of short stories include Nothing Right (2009), Some Fun (2006), and Female Trouble (2002). Her story “The Lonely Doll” was awarded the Pushcart Prize (2003), and “Female Trouble” was given the O. Henry Award (2001), and her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1998) and The Scribner Anthology of Short Fiction (2007). Her work lays bare the specificity and intricacies of female desire, and she writes often about family life and the emotional life of women. She shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with her husband, novelist Robert Boswell.

Portrait photo courtesy Marion Ettlinger.

  • Artwork by Antonya Nelson
    Nothing Right, 2009; photo courtesy the artist and Bloomsbury USA
Artwork by Antonya Nelson