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JEFFREY KOTERBA is a writer, musician, and cartoonist who was born in Omaha. His memoir, Inklings, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has worked at the Omaha World-Herald since 1989, and was chosen as a finalist for Editorial Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and has placed second in the National Headliner Awards. In 2009, he won first place for editorial cartooning in the Great Plains Journalism Awards. His work is distributed through King Features Syndicate to 400 newspapers nationwide, and has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, and on CNN. One of his cartoons can also be spotted in the Alexander Payne film, Election, but you have to look quickly. Additionally, his original cartoons have been collected by notables such as Warren Buffett and Oprah. In 2010, Koterba will create a cartoon that will fly aboard one of NASA’s last planned space shuttle flights. He is lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Prairie Cats, a swing and jump-blues band he formed in 1998. The Prairie Cats have performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival, and at the Derby Lounge in Hollywood, and have been included on several Sony/BMG compilations in Europe alongside the likes of Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and Frank Sinatra. Koterba has written for The Daily Beast and in 2009, he was named a finalist for a three-part essay written for The World-Herald, “Ink and Ash,” in the Great Plains Journalism Awards. He has also received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train in the Short-Story Award for new writers.

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