About the Authors


Shirley and Rudy Nelson have survived over sixty years of marriage and collaboration. Between them they have published four books, produced a documentary, and contributed to a variety of periodicals and anthologies. They have a really neat family and a lot of great friends. They are also very old.


B.A. Brown University, 1952
S.T.B. Boston University School of Theology, 1956
M.A. (English) University of Rhode Island, 1966
Ph.D. (American Civilization) Brown University, 1971
B.A. Barrington College, 1957
M.A. (English) State University at Albany, 1985


TOGETHER: Writers and producers of live programming at WPTL-FM (Rhode Island’s first FM station).
Script writers and film editors at Good News/Valley Forge Films.

RUDY: Chair, English Dept., Barrington College, Rhode Island
Associate Professor of English, State University at Albany

SHIRLEY: Instructor in English and Creative Writing, Barrington College


SHIRLEY: The Last Year of the War, a novel, Harper and Row, 1978, winner of the Harper-Saxton Fellowship, among other awards.

Fair, Clear and Terrible: The Story of Shiloh, Maine, a narrative history of a cultic community, British American Publishing, 1989.

Both books are presently in print at by Wipf & Stock in Oregon.

RUDY: The Making and Unmaking of an Evangelical Mind: The Case of Edward Carnell, Cambridge University Press, 1987.

TOGETHER: Writers and producers of a documentary, Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala, a study of civil war and peace building in that country, funded by The US Institute of Peace, 2003.

A collaborative novel, The Risk of Returning. Wipf and Stock, 2014
Self-published at Troy Book Makers, Troy, NY. , 2013.

Both have contributed various essays, short stories and literary reviews for a wide variety of periodicals such as Southwest Review, Soundings, Family Circle, Image, Books and Culture, Old House Journal as well as contributions to anthologies.