Nebraska Authors

J.R. Dawson

Dawson (she/they) is a writer and educator with shorter works in places such as F&SF, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, and Lightspeed. Living in Omaha with a loving spouse and three dogs, Dawson works with assorted nonprofits that bring performing arts to children in the Midwest. The First Bright Thing is her first novel.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Fantasy; Sexual minorities; Midwest


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Playwriting and English Literature, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2010
Master of Science in Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2013
Master of Fine Arts in Popular Fiction, Stonecoast-University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, 2016

Places Worked

Nebraska Writer's Collective, Omaha, NE


The First Bright Thing. 2023.

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