Alissa Nutting: Biography

Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting is an American writer. She attended the University of Florida, and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree before heading to the University of Alabama to study towards her Master of Fine Arts. During her time in Alabama, she was the editor of the biannual literary magazine Black Warrior Review. Nutting’s writing has appeared in a number of different publications, including the New York Times, Fence, Bomb, The Norton Introduction to Literature and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Nutting is the author of several books, a combination of novels and short story collection. Her anthology of short stories, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls was chosen to win the 6th Starcheron Prize for Innovative Fiction when it was published in 2010. It was also a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year title and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal. It is a collection of 18 darkly comical stories which all surround women and girls working in different jobs in today’s society.

Alissa Nutting has also written a novel: Tampa. It was published in 2013 and tells the story of a female teacher who sleeps with several of her students. It was written to address expectations of behaviour and criminality based on gender, and to raise awareness of the concept of female sexual predators.

Alissa Nutting and her husband Dean Bakopoulos, also a writer, live in Iowa with their three children. She used to work as an assistant professor in the creative writing department at John Caroll University but now works on the MFA program at the University of Nevada, also as an assistant professor.