Antonya Nelson was born January 6, 1961 in Wichita, Kansas.She received a BA degree from the University of Kansas in 1983 and an MFA degree from the University of Arizona in 1986. She is married to writer Robert Boswell. She lives in Telluride, Colorado; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Houston, Texas.
Nelson's short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Quarterly West, Redbook, Ploughshares, Harper's, and other magazines. They have been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.
Several of her books have been New York Times Book Review Notable Books: In the Land of Men (1992), Talking in Bed (1996), Nobody's Girl: A Novel (1998), Living to Tell: A Novel (2000), and Female Trouble (2002).
For a 1999 issue on The Future of American Fiction, The New Yorker magazine selected Nelson as one of "the twenty best young fiction writers in America today".
Nelson teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, as well as in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. Nelson has been on the faculty of New Mexico State University since 1995 and is currently Associate Professor.