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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cornelia Nixon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fictioin

Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A


-- Website -- http://www.mills.edu/academics/faculty/eng/cnixon/cnixon.php#
-- Cornelia Nixon on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cornelia+nixon


Illinois Connection

Cornelia Nixon lived in Chicago from summer 1989 to summer 1991.

Biographical and Professional Information

*Bread Loaf Writers Conference Faculty, 2003*Fiction Fellowship Panel, Ohio Arts Council, 1999*Artist Fellowship Panel, American Antiquarian Society, 1999*Fellowship Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities (year-long fellowships), 1997*Judge, Indiana Arts Fiction Contest, 1992*Fellowship Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities (summer faculty stipends), 1989 and 1990*Fellowship Panel, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, 1988*Reader, University of Tennessee Press, Indiana University Press, University of California Press


Published Works

  • Lawrence`s Leadership, Politics and the Turn Against Women, Univ. of California Press,1986
  • Now You See It, Little Brown and Co., 1991
  • Angels Go Naked, Counterpoint, 2000
  • Jarrettsville: A Novel, Counterpoint, 2009


Selected Titles At Your Library

Lawrence's leadership politics and the turn against women /
ISBN: 0520054318. OCLC Number:

University of California Press,. Berkeley :. ©1986.

Now you see it :
ISBN: 0060974729. OCLC Number:

HarperPerennial,. New York :. 1992.

Angels go naked /
ISBN: 1582430624. OCLC Number:

Counterpoint,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2000.

"Margaret Rose is a talented but nervous violinist given to bouts of stage fright and unrequited love; Webster Hale is a biologist, who, on principle, refuses to kill animals in order to study them. In Angels Go Naked, a novel-in-stories, Cornelia Nixon follows this vexed love story and the collision course that they call their life together. Against all odds, they meet, fall in love, and marry. Margy begins to think about having a child, and it is here that Cornelia Nixon captures the troubled but deeply symbiotic union of a wife who says she desperately wants children and a husband who refuses to become a father. The course of their unhappiness, but one in which their connection is never in doubt, is the story of this novel of contemporary love and loss."--Jacket.

Jarrettsville :
ISBN: 158243512X. OCLC Number:

Counterpoint :. Berkeley :. 2009.

Based on a true story from the author's family history, "Jarrettsville" begins in 1869, amid chaos and confusion in the moments following Martha Jane Cairnes's murder of her fiance in front of 50 witnesses and former Union militia members.


Awards

  • Distinguished Story of 2001, Best American Short Stories 2002
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Creative Writng, 2002-2005
  • Finalist, Bay Area Book Reviewer's Award, 2001
  • Lila Wallace Artist Fellowship for Historical Research by Creative and Performing Artists, American Antiquarian Society, 1998
  • First Prize O. Henry Award, 1995
  • Pushcart Prize, 1995
  • O. Henry Award, 1993
  • Indiana Arts Commission Master Fellowship, 1993
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 1992
  • Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction, 1991
  • Distinguished Story of 1989, Best American Short Stories 1990
  • Black Warrior Review Fiction Prize, 1988-89
  • Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, 1988 (declined)

  • Nelson Algren Award for Fiction, 1988

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)