Hometown: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Nathalie (Nell) Arnold, associate professor of fiction writing at Hampshire College, received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University and publishes under the name N.S. Koenings.
N.S. Koenings's first novel, The Blue Taxi , and her short story collection, Theft, were published by Little Brown and Company in 2006 and 2009.
Her fiction is usually set in global peripheries, where her diverse, multi-lingual characters search for safety and love in contexts sharply shaped by violence and Empire. Before dedicating herself to fiction writing and pursuing her M.F.A., she completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology with a focus on East Africa, popular histories of revolution, and politics and witchcraft. She has published anthropological work on Tanzanian politics and expressive culture and has worked for human rights in Africa.
Her current interests include difficult women (Helene Cixous, Clarice Lispector, Janet Frame), inflecting English with sounds and knowledge drawn from other cultures and languages, and the history and theory of narrative craft. In addition to fiction-related work, her areas of expertise include ethnography, Islam in Africa, global migrations, racialized histories, gender, and sexuality.
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2003
M.A., Indiana University, 1998
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1991
Fiction in Glimmer Train and Story Quarterly. Fiction chapbook from White Eagle Coffee Store Press Long Fiction International Contest. Nonfiction in Research in African Literatures and The Bullets Were Raining: The January 2001 Attack on Peaceful Demonstrations in Zanzibar (Human Rights Watch Press, 2002).
First Prize, White Eagle Coffee Store Press Long Fiction International Contest, 2003. Ledig House International Writers' Colony Residency Fellowship, 2003. Booth Tarkingon Thesis Year Fellowship in Fiction, Indiana University, 2003. Semi-finalist, Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Award for the Novella, 2003. Finalist, Glimmer Train's Summer Fiction Open, 2002. Carleton T. Hodge Prize for Outstanding Achievement in African Studies, Indiana University, 2002. Fiction Editor, Indiana Review, 2000-03. William E. Wilson Fellowship in Fiction, Indiana University, 2000-01.