Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wyoming and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston. She has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for The Best New American Voices 2009. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Slice, Asian American Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, and others. She teaches at the University of Wyoming. To learn more about McConigley and her work, visit www.ninamcconigley.com.
"Being at Sewanee is, in one word, magical. The students in the fiction workshop at the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference are not only fantastic writers, but are great thinkers. Day after day, we read stories and unpacked them in terms of craft and story, and then we moved on to their own writing. I was in awe of the stories they wrote while at Sewanee. Stories in which worlds were opened. We puzzled through life’s weightiest matters: love, death, family, religion -- the classroom was a arena for all sorts of exploration. The workshop format is an open and challenging space -- students not only write great stories, they respond critically to the work of others. The stories that were written were complex, heartfelt, and so well crafted. Every one of us in the classroom learned something about writing during the conference -- not only by challenging ourselves and pushing the boundaries of our own writing, but by reading, we all connected to the greater world."