1977: Randy Nelson Arrives at Davidson


Dr. Randy Nelson in his office, holding a framed copy of Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire
1977: Randy Nelson Arrives at Davidson
In 1977, Randy Nelson begins his forty-one year career as a professor of American literature and creative writing. Nelson has a reputation for being tough but is beloved by his students. In the mid-1990s, Nelson realizes that Davidson does not offer a course on short stories. Starting in 1998, he offers a new course called ENG 283: Short Prose Fiction, in which students read and write short stories. From the early 2000s onwards, the short story becomes a popular genre for creative theses. Nelson himself is the author of a range of published literature including a book on martial arts, a compilation of American literary history, a collection of short stories, and a novel. He has won many awards including the “Distinguished Short Story Award” in The Best American Short Stories in 2003 and 2007 and The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction in 2005.
August 1977
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