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Alissa Nutting
Nutting at the 2017 Texas Book festival
Nutting at the 2017 Texas Book festival
Born Michigan
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
Notable works Tampa
Spouse Shawn Nutting (divorced)
Dean Bakopoulos
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Alissa Nutting (born 1980 or 1981) is an American author, creative writing professor and television writer. She is an associate professor at Grinnell College.

Early career

Nutting attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama. At the University of Alabama, she served as editor of the Black Warrior Review. Nutting has taught creative writing at John Carroll University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently teaches at Grinnell College.


Nutting is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. The book was selected by judge Ben Marcus as winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. The book, published by now-defunct Starcherone Books, was a 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year finalist, as well as an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist for thought-provoking texts.

Her writing has appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, Fence, Tin House, The New York Times, Bomb, Conduit, and O: The Oprah Magazine. In April 2021, the television series adaptation of her book Made for Love premiered on HBO Max; it was cancelled in July 2022 after two seasons following the merger of HBO Max's parent company WarnerMedia with Discovery, Inc. to become Warner Bros. Discovery.

Personal life

Nutting's first husband was Shawn Nutting, a tattoo artist. In 2013 Nutting gave birth to their daughter Sparrow Jane before the couple split up. Nutting is now married to writer and fellow Grinnell professor Dean Bakopoulos.

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