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Kent Nelson

Author's Bio

Writing is a way of life that allows exploration and questioning. I have published 115 stories, five collections, four novels, and have never been bored -- though I have been poor. I've worked as bouncer, dishwasher, tennis pro, city judge, hired man on an alfalfa ranch, and university professor. Aside from writing, I've been interested in sports and played national level tennis, squash, and ice hockey and have run five marathons, including Pikes Peak twice. Birding is also a passion and has provided a way of being aware -- of backgrounds, sounds, the natural world, including weather. It's also a great reason to travel -- 748 species identified in North America.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Touching That Lasts (Johnson Books, 2006), Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still (Viking/Penguin, 2003), Toward the Sun (Breakaway Books, 1998), Language in the Blood (Gibbs Smith, 1992)
Journals:
Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review
Prizes:
Two NEA grants, New Hampshire and Colorado writer grants; Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award, Colorado Book Award for best novel; Nelson Algren Award; Edward Abbey Prize for Eco-fiction; stories in Best American, O. Henry, Pushcart, Best American Mystery Stories; read at Library of Congress and many universities.

Kent Nelson Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Favorite Authors:
Joyce

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Listing last updated: May 11, 2009

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
German
Born in:
Cincinnati, OH
Raised in:
Colorado Springs, CO

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