Acclaimed Fiction Author to Lecture, Read at UM March 20

March 10, 2015

MISSOULA – The public is invited to learn from a lecture and listen to a reading delivered by award-winning fiction author Antonya Nelson on Friday, March 20, at the University of Montana.

Nelson, who has written 11 books of fiction, will deliver “Strategies Toward Revising a Bullet-Proof Short Story” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in McGill Hall Room 210. She will read some of her own work at 7 p.m. in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. Both events are free and open to the public. 

“We are fortunate to have a fiction author of such high regard at UM to not only read her work, but to discuss how she wrote it,” UM Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm said. “Antonya Nelson writes about the entangling nature of family, how characters influence, harm and help each other. She can be funny, mean and heartbreaking all at the same time.”

Nelson currently teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts Program. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines and anthologies, including “Prize Stories,” “O. Henry Awards” and “Best American Short Stories.” Her books were named New York Times’ Notable Books in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2010.

The New Yorker named Nelson one of the “20 young fiction writers for the new millennium” in 2000. She also earned a Rea Award for Short Fiction, a 2000-2001 National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For more information call Schalm at 406-243-5267, email or visit the UM Creative Writing Program website at

Contact: Karin Schalm, coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,