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New Mexico State English professor has two stories in The New Yorker

A short story and an essay by Antonya Nelson, a New Mexico State University English professor, have been published in two recent issues of The New Yorker magazine.



Antonya Nelson, a New Mexico State University English professor, has had two of her works published in recent issues of The New Yorker magazine. (NMSU photo)


Nelson, who is currently on sabbatical, had her essay published in the April 21 "Money Issue" of The New Yorker and her short story in the May 5 issue.

Nelson was invited by the magazine to submit a piece on being fired and wrote "All Washed Up," a humorous essay about her experiences as a dishwasher during a summer long ago. "I don't think I've been fired since then, but getting fired as a dishwasher is a pretty sad fact," she said.

Her short story titled "Dick" is about a family moving from Los Angeles to Ft. Collins, Colo., in the aftermath of Sept. 11. In the story, a mother who is unnerved by world events and having teenage children, works to flee the dark situation.

Nelson said The New Yorker publishes more than 50 short stories a year, which is more than any other magazine in the country. "The New Yorker remains the most desirable place to publish fiction because it has a wide audience, a long history and it pays well," she said.

In 1999, The New Yorker named her one of the Writers for the New Millennium, which she said was "thrilling, unexpected and deeply flattering." She said the award may have helped create some interest in her latest book "Female Trouble," a collection of short stories.