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Walter Jackson Bate Fellow
University of Wyoming
The Call of Migratory Things

Nina McConigley is a fiction writer and an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming. Born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming, she is the author of the short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians (FiveChapters Books, 2014), which is an exploration of the rural immigrant experience in America. Her work is concerned with questions of race and narratives of the American West.

During her time at the Radcliffe Institute, she is writing and researching a novel, “The Call of Migratory Things.” This novel considers how race, immigration, colonialism, post-frontier America, motherhood and fertility, and place intersect. The landscape of the American West is the framework of this different kind of pioneer narrative.

Cowboys and East Indians won the PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. McConigley is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an MA from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the University of Houston. Her work has appeared on the Moth Radio Hour and in American Short Fiction, the Asian American Literary Review, the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Orion, Salon, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others.

2019–2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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