Published on March 8, 2013 by Bo Morris  
Antonya Nelson

Samford University will host fiction writer Antonya Nelson at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 11 as the the final reader in this year's Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education Visiting Writers Series. The event is in room 302-North, Divinity Hall.

Nelson is the author of four novels and six short stories. She has received a number of awards for her works, including the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Heartland Fiction Award. The New Yorker described Nelson as one of the "20 young fiction writers for the new millennium."

"Nelson balances sophisticated plots with deeply human characters whose real flaws and limitations invite our sympathy rather than judgment," said Keya Kraft, assistant professor of English at Samford. Kraft is coordinating the writers series event for Samford.

Samford is one of five participating Birmingham-area higher education institutions. Others are Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. 

Bo Morris is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.