Nebraska Authors

Amy Knox Brown

Born 1961 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Amy Knox Brown is a fourth generation Nebraskan living in Lincoln. She studied poetry with Ted Kooser. Her 2007 collection of short fiction, Three Versions of the Truth has been praised for its energy, narrative skill, for acute observation of its locale (in this case, Lincoln, Nebraska), and interesting reflections on the author's own memories. Her 2017 memoir, What is Gone explores how her perception of the security and comfort of her hometown, Lincoln, was first re-remembered in the aftermath of a brutal rape she experienced in Omaha in 1985, and then undermined by a 1992 Lincoln murder case and her perception of the urban decay of her hometown.

Nebraska Arts Council’s 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship award in Literature.

Places Lived

Columbia, MO
Lincoln, NE
Winston-Salem, NC

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Short Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Poetry; Memoir


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing, Poetry and Fiction, Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Fiction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
JD Law Degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


College Professor

Places Worked

Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE


Nebraska Arts Council’s 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship award in Literature.


Studied with Ted Kooser


Three Versions of the Truth. 2007. (short stories)
Nebraska Presence. 2007. (contributor)
Advice from Household Gods. 2008.
What is Gone. 2017.

Work represented in:
American Literary Review
Iron House Literary Review
Two Rivers Review
Virginia Quarterly Review

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