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Sena Jeter NaslundSena Jeter Naslund

"My life as a writer has deep roots in Birmingham—in Norwood Elementary School, in Phillips High School, in Norwood Methodist Church, and in Birmingham-Southern. I studied with professors who not only taught me how to read literature in an analytic way—Dean Cecil Abernethy, Dr. Bert Ownby, Dr. Howard Creed—but I also received inspiration from my professors in the writing of poetry, short stories, and a full-length play, starring Pamela Walburt and directed by myself. I found the subject matter for the play Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni in a history class taught by Dr. Henry Randall; Dr. Arnold Powell taught the playwriting course; Department Chair Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams taught the fiction class, and Professor Leon Driskell encouraged my poetry writing. My talented and often brilliant classmates not only spurred me on in the classroom, but we also inspired one another with a kind of high seriousness of purpose and honesty of introspection that transcended competitiveness. Let us all express our gratitude with our support for the unique educational opportunity for which BSC proudly stands."

Naslund wrote her ninth book, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, in the fall of 2012. Her other books have been national bestsellers and/or selected as Notable/Best Books of the year by major newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine, and translated into many languages.

  • Ice Skating at the North Pole (1989)
  • Sherlock in Love (1993)
  • Ahab's Wife (1999)
  • The Disobedience of Water: Stories and Novellas (1999)
  • Four Spirits: A Novel (2003)
  • High Horse - Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University (2005)
  • Abundance (2006)
  •  Adam & Eve (2010)

 A recipient of the Harper Lee Award, she is writer-in-residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. She was a former Kentucky poet laureate.