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Adele Hall Chair of English and Director of Creative Writing

Selected Publications and Projects


The Perfume Thief

The Swan Gondola

The Coffins of Little Hope

Devils in the Sugar Shop

The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God

The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters (currently in development as a feature film)

Selected short fiction

“Roses and Toads,” Faerie Magazine

“Lady of the Burlesque Ballet,” Ploughshares (noted in Best American Short Stories)

“The Mermaid in the Tree,” in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

“Wolves at Bay,” Prairie Schooner (short-listed for The O. Henry Awards Prize Stories)

Editorial projects

You Will Never See Any God: Stories by Ervin D. Krause (University of Nebraska Press)

Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition Digital Archive

Fairy Tale Review guest editor, the Brown Issue and the Emerald Issue

Literary events

Director/founder, the (downtown) omaha lit fest (2005-present)

Director, Nebraska Summer Writers Conference (2008-2012)

Awards and Recognitions

Oprah.com Book of the Week (The Swan Gondola)

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice (Devils in the Sugar Shop)

Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers (The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God)

Indie Next/American Booksellers Association selection (The Coffins of Little Hope)

Book Sense/American Booksellers Association selection (Devils in the Sugar Shop)

Midwest Connections selection (Devils in the Sugar Shop, The Swan Gondola)

Nebraska Book Award (The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters)

The Historical Novels Review Editors’ Choice (The Swan Gondola)

Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award

Mary Roberts Rinehart Award

Nebraska Library Association Mari Sandoz Award


M.F.A., University of Arizona

B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Areas of Interest

Creative Writing

Fiction Writing