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grew up on a farm in Hamilton County, Nebraska, and
attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as an undergraduate. He
holds the MFA in creative writing from the
University of Arizona. His short stories have appeared in Prairie
Schooner, The Greensboro Review, Press, Natural Bridge, and other
literary journals. His work was "short-listed" in The Best of 1999: The
O Henry Awards Prize Stories, and he has received the
Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award,
and two awards from the Nebraska Arts Council.
His novel, The Phantom Limbs of
the Rollow Sisters, was published by Blue Hen, a division of
Penguin Putnam, and won the
Nebraska Book Award for Fiction in 2003.
His second novel, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, was
published by Unbridled Books.
His third, Devils in the Sugar Shop is also from Unbridled (2007).
He has served as Editor of The Reader and
Omaha Pulp, two arts and culture newsweeklies in Omaha.
He is also the Director of the Omaha Lit Fest.