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Antonya Nelson

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20170714, 20160129

The author of eleven books of short stories and novels, Antonya Nelson appears as UMKC's 2015 Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence at the Kansas City Public Library. She talks about her most recent books: the novel Bound, which covers growing up in Wichita, Kansas during the reign of the BTK killer, as well as her 2014 collection of short stories, Funny Once. As a writer published in magazines such as The New Yorker, she describes how she uses her life and the places she knows in flyover country to create fiction that appeals to readers outside the region. She also describes her creative life with her husband, fellow fiction writer, Robert Boswell.

| Subject Matter: Landscape, Characters, Kansas | Interview Year: 2015 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship |

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